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PH Airport Targets Second Best In Revenue Earning

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The Regional General Manager of Port Harcourt International Airport (RGM), Mrs Ebele Okoye, says the airport under her leadership is determined to be the second best in revenue generation after the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
Mrs Okoye gave this indication recently while speaking at the commissioning of projects locally executed by the management of the Port Harcourt International Airport.
According to her, “we have at the back of our minds that to be profitable in this business of airport management, there must be the will and determination to do more and infact, it is our desire to be the second revenue generating airport”.
Mrs Okoye, who is the Regional General Manager South-South and South East, said the present revenue generation profile of the airport is far better than what it had ever been, emphasizing that her leadership refocused on monitoring revenue points to forestall careless loss of revenue for the organization.
“We have redoubled our efforts in recovering debts owed the authority, some as far back as  2008. It is cheery news to state that of the hitherto chronic debtors are now in credit with the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) today at the Port Harcourt International Airport,” Mrs Okoye declared.
She disclosed that on assumption of duty, her first focus was to sensitise staff on the need to change their mindset and attitude to work as sine qua non to excellent performance and achievement.
The Regional Manager observed that to motivate the workforce, the management decided to intervene in their place of abode, that is, staff quarters with roads that had become a pitiable sight, received prompt attention.
Similarly, “the access road to the airport also got attended to by filling the pot-holes that had made the less than one kilometer road a death trap, while the offices received facelift to motivate the staff for optimal performance”, she said.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Airport  Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr George Uriesi, who commissioned the three projects embarked upon locally by the management of Port Harcourt International Airport, lauded the leadership for initiating the project which would uplift the status of the airport.
The projects include protocol car park, Guest House and renovation of the administrative block with a conference hall equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.

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FAAN Lauds FG For Procurement Of Fire Fighting Simulator

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The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, has commended the Federal Government over the recent procurement of a firefighting simulator for the aviation industry.
Yadudu, who made this known in a statement through the Corporate Affairs office of the agency on Wednesday, noted that the simulator was first of its kind in Africa.
He said that the multi-functional simulator was capable of delivering a realistic aircraft emergency training for different types of operational incidents involving aircraft in the aerodrome and its vicinity.
The FAAN boss emphasised that this was an indication of serious business drive for the aviation sector to become a hub for training rescue fire fighters from other countries, adding that it was a quantum leap in the country’s list of achievements.
Yadudu also commended the efforts of the fire fighters in the industry, pointing out that they deserved better working environment, support and encouragement.
According to him, the training needs of the fire fighters must be intense and realistic.
He explained that the Airport Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) was a special category of firefighting that involved the response, harzard mitigation, education and possible rescue of passengers and aircrafts involved in an airport ground emergency.
“Airports may have regulatory oversight by an arm of their individual national government or voluntarily under standard of the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Due to the mass casualty potential of an aviation emergency, the speed with which emergency response equipment and personnel arrive at scene of the emergency is of paramount importance.
“Firefighters work assiduously to ensure, in the event of an accident, that the passengers were rescued anywhere it happens”, the statement added.
Yadudu also applauded FAAN management for its support in ensuring that the firefighters excel in their duties of protecting and saving lives and property.

 

Corlins Walter

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FG Plans Agro Allied Cargo Terminal For Benin Airport

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An agro-allied cargo terminal is to be built at the Benin Airport by the Federal Government, as part of incentives to boost economic activities in Edo State.
This was contained in a statement made available to The Tide by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) last Tuesday.
According to the statement, the agro allied cargo terminal was part of the government’s plan to promote economic growth through agriculture.
FAAN said that the Federal Government was committed to develop transport and airport infrastructure in Benin, and that the commitment of the state government had encouraged the Federal Government to do more.
“The upgrade of Instrument Landing System (ILS) to Category Two in Benin Airport was to allow all aircrafts to land at the airport at night and in poor visibility.
“Agro-allied cargo terminal will be sited for Benin Airport, and civil work will commence very soon, and more will be done in the airport.
“Now, we have the ILS which can allow pilots in reduced visibility, in bad weather, to be able to approach and land just like they do in other developed airports”, FAAN said.

 

Corlins Walter

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Minister Promises To Tackle Emerging Challenges In Aviation Industry

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The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has promised to work with aviation unions to advance the sector and position it to meet emerging challenges. .
Sirika made the promise on Wednesday in Abuja when he assumed office after he was inaugurated along with 42 other ministers by President Muhmmadu Buhari.
The minister commended the unions and staff for welcoming him warmly into office, declaring their support and solidarity as “amazing”.
“I promise that there will be good understanding between you and me to drive the activities of our industry towards enhancing national development.
“I will do everything possible to make the ministry grow up.
“This task, I think, is for you as well; not for me alone. It is for all of us.
“We will continue to hold stakeholders meetings with the unions, staff and the management.
“We will make what you are doing better. The roadmap is there; we will make things better including your welfare,” Sirika said.
He thanked President Buhari for counting him worthy of a second term in his cabinet, and Nigerians for their trust in him.
According to him, Nigeria will work together with other countries to promote the aviation sector globally, pointing out that the sector contributes much to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of any country.
He also said that efforts would be made to improve safety and security in the sector.
President-in-Council, Joint Consultative and Negotiating Council (JCNC), Mr Hector Naadi, had earlier affirmed that no minister had ever been so received by the union.
The president assured the minister of the full cooperation and support of the unions, saying that the workers shared his dream of a strong aviation industry that would power the nation’s economy.

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