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Ex-TUC Boss Okays Kaduna Airport

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Inspite of the mixed-reactions that have trailed the planned use of the Kaduna Airport as alternative airport for Abuja passengers during the temporary closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for rehabilitation work, the former, Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Rivers State, Chika Onuegbu, has said that the use of Kaduna airport as alternative is a welcome development.
The ex-TUC boss who made this known while interacting with airport correspondents at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, noted that Kaduna, apart from being a nearby city to Abuja, also has a speed-rail terminal which Minna, the Niger State capital does not have.
Onuegbu explained that the speed-train which operates from Kaduna to Abuja is very fast and reliable, and can take passengers from Kaduna to Abuja in less than one hour.
“Frankly speaking, and keep politics apart, I think that Kaduna will serve as a good alternative for Abuja air passengers when the Abuja airport is closed.
“In terms of security, speed and convenience, the speed-train will serve very well. There is air conditioner, and no hiccup on the way, and you can get down to Abuja in about an hour from Kaduna.
“Since the Abuja airport needs to be temporarily closed for the repairs and maintenance work the use of Kaduna airport will be good.
“If we have such facility in Port Harcourt here to either Lagos or Abuja, I will make use of it well, and I encourage people to develop that culture, even as the speed-train service expands in the country”, he said.

 

Corlins Walter

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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.

 

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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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