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PHIA Users Lament Difficulties In Retrieving Luggages

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Passengers and users of the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa particularly those that use the VIP/Protocol lounge have lamented difficulties they go through in retrieving their luggages on arrival at the airport.
They specifically decried the distance they cover between the VIP lounge and the terminal building to either retrieve or check-in their luggage under sun or rain.
Speaking while interacting with TheTide on the issue , a regular passenger at the airport, George Odike said that the distance from the lounge to the departure terminal building has added more burden on luggage check-in and retrieval.
Odike said that it was a bit easier to retrieve luggage when they were managing at the temporary arrival area which was closer to the lounge.
For Vincent Ogbonda, an independent tickets operator, the sudden relocation of the arrival to the departure terminal area leaves much to be desired, even when the arrival terminal building under construction is about to be commissioned.
“In my opinion, the management would have endured till the commissioning, since the arrival terminal building is central, instead of giving additional burden to these protocol lounge users”, he said.
Nevertheless, Mrs Florence, an air passenger, also faulted the airport management for sudden exit from the arrival tent, which according to her, is not obtained any where in the world, saying the new place of operation poses difficulties to passengers.
It would be recalled that the Airport Manager, Mr Ojo Afolabi, in a recent press statement in January, explained that the arrival terminal building was 95% completed, and could be commissioned in March this year.

Corlins Walter

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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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