The Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, has said that the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Mr. George Uriesi, deserved the National Productivity Order of Merit, NPOM, award bestowed on him and 19 other distinguished Nigerians by President Goodluck Jonathan recently in Abuja.
According to Yakubu Dati, General Manager, Corporate Communication, FAAN, Princess Oduah made this remark when she made an unscheduled appearance at a reception held in honour of Mr. Uriesi by some staff of FAAN in Abuja, soon after the award ceremony. “ She said that it was remarkable that Mr. Uriesi had turned the fortunes of FAAN, from that of a parastatal reeling under the weight of heavy indebtedness to the tune of about N8 billion, to one that is becoming increasingly financially self-sustaining in less than two years of his appointment as the authority’s chief executive officer.”
Dati said Oduah described Mr. Uriesi as “a true professional who understands his tasks and is bent on achieving them.” She added that Mr. Uriesi inherited one of the worst Government agencies in Nigeria which he had undoubtedly transformed through his “passion to deliver.”
The Minister told FAAN staff who were present at the event that they did not have any choice but to transform the authority into an efficient agency that would contribute significantly to the socio-economic development of the country, promising that government was willing to encourage them to make that goal feasible.
“Apart from being a past General Manger of the award-winning Cape Town International Airport, in South Africa, Mr. George Uriesi, continues to play active part in the Airports Council International (ACI), both at the regional and international levels, in airport safety and technical matters. He is also a United States-certified Business Coach.”