Dakar, Senegal (MAT)-AIDB INAUGURATION DAY: The Senegalese President of the Republic, Macky Sall, on Wednesday asked the government to take “all necessary measures” for the inauguration and effective operation, on December 7, of the Blaise-Diagne International Airport (AIBD).
According to the communiqué of the Council of Ministers which took place on the same day, the Head of State recalled the “paramount importance” that it gives to the modernization of air transport, within the framework of the Emergent Senegal Plan.
Taking into account the interest in this sector, he invited “the government to take all necessary measures, with a view to the inauguration and effective functioning of the AIBD, on 7 December 2017”.
Macky Sall also called on the government to “pay particular attention to the full management of all air safety and security recommendations” in Senegal.
The President of the Republic advocated “the professionalization of the function, airport security, safety” and called for “strengthening the personnel and motivating devices of the mobilized security forces”.
Macky Sall believes, according to the press release of the Council of Ministers, that it is necessary “to envisage the complementary recourse to the private companies of security control, like the great airports of world-class”.
He also asked the Prime Minister to preside over an “interministerial council” in October 2017 on the opening and development of the airport platform of the AIBD.
In addition, the President of the Republic calls on the government to intensify the implementation of the renovation program for regional airports, including St. Louis, Matam (north), Ziguinchor and Cap Skirring (south), and to ensure the coming into service of the aircraft recently acquired by the new national airline. ”
Launched in December 2007 by the former President of the Republic, Abdoulaye Wade, the work of the AIBD has experienced many delays.
The Turkish company Summa-Limak took control of the project in late 2016, after work was stopped by the Saudi company Saudi Bin Laden Group, which had come into conflict with the State of Senegal.