The new Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority
of Nigeria, Mr. George Uriesi
, on Friday said he
was determined to revitalise the Authority in line with the transformation agenda of the Federal Government for the aviation industry.
, who spoke at his
maiden "Town Hall Meeting" with the Authority's workers in Lagos, including regional managers and airport managers, enjoined them to prepare for transformational change.
added, "We are in a dicey situation.
had earlier acknowledged the contributions of his predecessor, Mr. Richard Aisuebeogun, to the development of FAAN
in the face of huge challenges, explaining that his disengagement was done with respect and gratitude, not the way it was reported in the media.
Mr. Uriesi, who was the Director of Airport Operations of FAAN prior to his latest appointment, also described the disengagement of some of his former colleagues as painful and wished them success in their future endeavours.
In their contributions, some representatives of the workers' unions, including the National Union of Air Transport Employees, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria
and the National Union of Pensioners
, urged the new leadership of the Authority to redress the controversies surrounding its revenue generation and block all leakages in its financial system towards improving on the poor state of the airports.
comes into the office with 20 years of broad aviation industry experience covering airlines, airports as well as both safety and economic regulation of the industry.
He has worked in the public and private sectors in Nigeria, South Africa and the United States.
The immediate past General Manager of Cape Town International Airport in South Africa, Mr. Uriesi was a member of the Leadership Team that transformed South Africa's airports in the last 10 years into the world class facilities they have become today.
Uriesi has played several prominent roles in the industry including being a member of the International Air Services Council, a member of the World Standing Committee on Airport Safety and Technical Matters, a member of the Africa Regional Board of Airports Council International and the Chairman of the Cape Town Tourism Marketing Board.
He is also a US-certified Business Coach.??Uriesi was invited back to Nigeria in 2010 to assume the role of Director of Airport Operations at FAAN, a position which he held until his appointment as Managing Director.