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Stakeholders Task Buhari On Airports’ Infrastructure

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Some aviation stakeholders on Wednesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to redouble efforts at addressing the present aviation infrastructure gaps in his second tenure.
Those who spoke to The Tide source were the President of the Association of Aviation Professionals (ANAP), Mr Kabir Gusau and the Deputy General Secretary, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Mr Frances Akinjole.
It also included the Chief Executive Officer of Aero Contractors, Capt. Ado Sanusi.
They noted that the country’s aviation industry required significant upgrade and expansion to meet the requirements of the projected growth and development the nation desired.
Gusau said that there were airports in some states that were still dilapidated apart from the ones in Lagos and Abuja.
“As I am speaking to you now, there are some airports that are in bad conditions apart from the airports in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt but there are some other airports that this government still needs to look into.
“Airport is an airport, because when we are talking about airports, we are talking about the navigation aids which help pilots to land and takeoff the terminal buildings and runways.
“All this aviation infrastructure should be looked into in this second term of the president,” he said.
Gusau also advised the president to appoint a substantive minister of aviation to head the affairs of the industry.
He said this was necessary because of the sensitivity of the industry, adding that the ministry of aviation should stand on its own and not under another ministry.
Gusau said that the immediate-past Minister of State, Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, had performed well and the decision to retain him lies with the president.
The ANAP president noted that whatever be the outcome, the incoming minister should continue from where the former minister had stopped.
He appealed to the president to appoint someone that knew the terrain because the industry wanted an experienced minister.
“He might be a pilot or an engineer but we do not want someone that does not understand the industry.
“The former minister tried his best so if the president is bringing in someone else, it should be someone that has the idea concerning aviation and not someone that does not carry the stakeholders along in his policy,” he said.
Also speaking, the ATSSSAN deputy general secretary, Akinjole, said Nigeria still had a long way to go in the area of aviation infrastructure.
He said the unions were expecting the president to hit the ground running by appointing a substantive minister that would interface with all stakeholders in the industry.
“On the type of aviation minister we are expecting from the president, we will prefer someone that has good knowledge about the sector and can improve on the present infrastructural deficiency in the industry.
“So the type of aviation minister we want, if it is not Sirika, is someone who is also ready to engage meaningfully with every stakeholder. We do not want a minister who believes he knows it all.
“We expect the incoming minister to have an interface among all the players in the aviation industry,” he said.

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PH Airport Set For Certification …Airport Manager Gives Dec Date

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The Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, which has been going through the process of certification for some time now, is to be licensed in December this year.
The Airport Manager, Mr Felix Akinbinu who also doubles as the Regional General Manager, South South, disclosed this in an interview with airport correspondents, Wednesday.
According to him, the airport authorities are looking up to the 23rd of December this year, for the certification of the airport.
“This airport has been going through the process of airport certification. We are looking forward to December 23, this year for Port Harcourt International Airport to be licensed.
“Licensing means that the airport is safety compliant in all standard, and the implication is that the insurance of premium for either the flights or passengers that operate or use this airport will be reduced”, he said.
On the coming of Ethiopian Airlines to operate in Port Harcourt International Airport, the regional manager said that their coming was an answered prayer.
According to him, the Port Harcourt Airport needs more international flight operations, saying this is due to the fact that the airport terminal capacity at the moment is more than the flights that are operating currently.
He said that they were also looking forward to see the operations of Ethiopian Airlines to be a permanent one, where they will be operating both in Enugu and in Port Harcourt.

 

Corlins Walter

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Oyo To Partner FAAN On Ibadan Airport Upgrade 

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The Oyo State Government has agreed to partner with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for the upgrade of facilities at Ibadan Airport to accommodate wide bodied aircrafts.
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, disclosed this when the management of FAAN paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Ibadan, Tuesday.
He noted that the Ibadan Airport is important to the economy of the state and promised to collaborate with FAAN to resolve the challenges facing the airport.
The governor said that the airport was key to the plans by his administration to expand the economy of the state and affirmed his administration’s resolve to improve infrastructure and security at the airport.
“I have made some promises about the airport. I promise that the intending Muslim pilgrims will fly from the Ibadan airport directly to the holy land from next year and I count on FAAN to make this promise achievable.
“We are also thinking of expanding the runway to make it easy for bigger aircraft to operate at the airport and I promise to partner with FAAN to make it happen”, he said.
Earlier in his speech, the Managing Director of FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, thanked the governor and the people of Oyo State for their support and patronage since the inception of the airport 37 years ago.
The FAAN boss, who was accompanied by the Director of Engineering Services, Salisu Daura and Director of Security Services, Group Capt. USA Sadiq (rtd), said the management had already written a letter to the governor on areas of assistance.
He, however, assured the governor and other stakeholders of the commitment of FAAN to achieve and sustain its service delivery target.

 

Corlins Walter

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FAAN MD Hails Ugwuanyi Over Safety At Enugu Airport

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The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, has expressed gratitude to the Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for tackling security challenges at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
Yadudu, in a statement made available to airport correspondents last Wednesday through the Corporate Affairs Department, expressed satisfaction with the work done by the governor based on the request made by FAAN.
According to him, FAAN was satisfied with the interventions made so far by the governor such as the relocation of the Orie Emene market, abattoir, and the dismantling of the Enugu State Broadcasting Service Radio/TV mast.
The FAAN in the statement also disclosed that the issue of relocating the ENPOWER free trade zone, adjacent to the runway of the airport has been resolved with the management of the establishment.
Yadudu, while seeking further timely intervention of the governor, however frowned at the attitude of those that turned the airfield near the airport to residential place and urged the governor to take prompt action on the matter.
The Tide reports that Governor Ugwuanyi had assured earlier that the state would intervene promptly on the matter and stressed that his administration was fully committed to the safety of lives and property as well as the progress of the Enugu airport.
According to the governor, issues affecting the safety of the Enugu airport will not be undermined in his administration, saying that they will be resolved expeditiously.

 

Corlins Walter

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