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Kano, PH Airports To Get International Certification

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The certification of the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport and Port Harcourt International Airport are now in the final stages, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has said.
The airports are being certified by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to meet the safety standards of the International Civil Aviation Organisation for international airports globally.
“We are currently in the final stages for the certification of both airports. We are closing the gaps and before the end of the current administration, the certification will be completed,” the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, said recently.
The airport certification is one of the requirements of ICAO and the NCAA and covers security, safety and equipment, among others and is done in five stages, the last being the presentation of the certificate to the management of FAAN.
According to the NCAA, the certification of an aerodrome entails making sure that everything is current, working and checked on a regular basis, and touches on all elements of safety oversight such as aviation legislation, operating regulations, civil aviation system, personnel training and certification, development of guidance materials and safety critical information, as well as surveillance and resolution of safety concerns.
The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, recently stated that the certification of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos in 2017 and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, also in 2017, was a milestone for the country’s aviation industry.
“The certification of the two airports by NCAA placed Nigeria on the pivot of aviation on the continent as no country in Africa has two of its international airports certified. Also, the certifications of Kano and Port Harcourt Airports have reached advanced stages and would be achieved this year,” the minister said.
The certification of the Kano and Port Harcourt airports commenced in 2017 and was expected to have been completed in 2018.
The General Manager, Public Relations of the NCAA, Mr Sam Adurogboye said the certification of the Kano and Port Harcourt airports had been ongoing for some time, with emphasis on Kano.
According to him, among other things, it involves certain training for the members of staff and providing manuals in accordance with the requirements of the ICAO.
He said, “It is about enhancing the safety status of the airports as a requirement by the ICAO that international airports be certified. Not all airports go through that. Although there is no airport that does not go through safety procedures, international airports are required to have certain standards such as in terms of equipment and workers’ training, among others.
“What that means is that among other requirements for the certification, their safety personnel must have certain training and they will develop certain manuals for that exercise. It will be easier this time for FAAN, having gone through such certification in Lagos and Abuja airports.”

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Buhari Approves N10bn For Rehabilitation Of Enugu Airport

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of N10billion Special Intervention Fund for immediate repairs and upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
The President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement, said this was the high point of the courtesy call on the President by a delegation of governors and leaders of the South east at the State House in Abuja, yesterday.
The President said he was aware of the central nature of the airport, which was closed for repairs since August 24, to the socio-economic development of the South east.
President Buhari said he was aware of the infrastructure deficits all over the country occasioned by lack of judicious use of available resources in the past.
However, according to him, his administration is working on remedying the situation.
He said: “We are trying our best to make sure that infrastructure rehabilitation is carried out very quickly.
“I personally firmly believe that if we get infrastructure correct, the roads, rail, power, most Nigerians will mind their businesses, they will not even care who is in government.
“But when you deny them infrastructure, it will be difficult for them to compete and move across the country and regions.’’
He appealed to the governors to explain this position to their people.
“Please, have the courage to continue to explain to your constituencies whenever they feel that there is laxity in government effort to rehabilitate infrastructure.
“We are doing our best within the resources available to the government. The Federal Government is working to fix infrastructure deficit in the country. The challenges are there.
“It is our responsibility to fix things, we are doing it and we will continue to do our best in this regard,’’ the President said.
In a presentation on behalf of the governors and leaders of the South East, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, while expressing gratitude over some of Mr President’s infrastructural developments in the region, noted that the people of the South East were delighted with the speed and quality of work at the Second Niger Bridge.

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Monarch Lauds Wike On  PH-Ethiopia Direct Flight Initiatives

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The initiative by the Rivers State Government to partner the Ethiopian Government on direct flight operations to Port Harcourt International Airport has been described as an economic booster.
This was the view of the Nyesrisi Eli Woji, King Leslie N. Eke when he spoke with newsmen at his palace in Woji, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area last Wednesday.
The monarch pointed out that the Port Harcourt-Ethiopia direct flight would increase the rate of business activities in the state upon its take-off.
According to him, since flight is the fastest means of transportation, business operators would have the opportunity to record high turn over rate.
The Eze Oha Evo of Evo Kingdom, maintained that business activities in the state would wear an international look with the planned Port Harcourt-Ethiopia direct flight operations.
The monarch who is the Eze Gbakagbaka and General Secretary, Association of Niger Delta Monarchs of Nigeria (ANDMON), also noted that the initiative would bring about job creation, thereby addressing the issue of unemployment.
He commended Governor Nyesom Wike for his foresightedness and determination to list the state among developed cities of the world.
“The governor’s plan to introduce direct flight operations from Ethiopia to Port Harcourt, to my mind, is just to enable him list the state among big and developed towns across the globe”, he said.
King Eke explained that the best way to develop a state was to introduce several business angles in order to make room for all classes of business operators.
He, however, appealed to the governor to consider sponsoring some students who may be interested in becoming pilots so as to enable the state have its own trained pilots.
Meanwhile, the traditional ruler called on the Federal Government and its relevant agencies to key into Governor Wike’s initiative and perfect all processes that would encourage its early take -off.

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FEC Approves N2.4bn For Aviation Security Shooting Range

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The Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu has approved N2.4 billion for the construction of an indoor shooting range for the nation’s aviation security.
The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents at the end of the council’s meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja last Wednesday.
According to him, the aim is to further train the security personnel, who have obtained Presidential approval to start carrying arms, for improved security in the nation’s airports.
“Today, in council, two memoranda were considered for aviation. The first is construction of indoor shooting range for aviation security.
“Recall some time ago, Mr President, in conformity with the Act established Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), had approved that aviation security carry arms for improved security.
“You also recall that these aviation personnel were trained and still receiving training and profiling and all things that will make them efficient at the DSS and other sister organisations.
“And adding to that, they need tools and equipment to play the role they ought to play to keep us safe and secure.
“So, a contract was awarded to Messrs Donteck, it is a Nigerian in an association with another company called Action Targets of the US and the total contract sum is N2.43 billion,’’ he said.
Sirika further disclosed that the shooting range project was in line with suggestions and recommendations by the United Nations counter terrorism unit and also the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

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