Don’t Take Credit For Abuja Airport Project, PDP Tells Buhari

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned President Muhammadu Buhari not to claim credit for the construction of the new terminal at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

In a statement on Thursday by PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the party stated that it was public knowledge that the airport project was designed, conceptualised and fully financed by its administration.

It said, “If anything, like the Port Harcourt Airport terminal building, President Buhari, in his flops, only succeeded in delaying the completion of the project, which concept and construction were perfected by the PDP, including payments to the contractors.”

“Is it not appalling that President Buhari, who, out of sheer incompetence and total disregard for the development need of our nation, cannot point to any key development project he had initiated and executed since his inauguration in 2015, despite the huge resources at his disposal, only to be going around the country, claiming credit for projects executed by the PDP?” the PDP alleged.

It claimed further that the current administration made no contribution towards the funding and execution of the airport project.

The opposition party, therefore, pleaded with Nigerians to support its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the coming general elections.

According to it, Atiku is on a mission to rescue the nation and return her to the path of good governance, development, national cohesion, and economic prosperity.

The party’s reaction comes few hours after President Buhari inaugurated a new terminal at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja. 

The newly constructed terminal was a project spearheaded by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

The international terminal sits on 56,000 square meters with a 60-metre long skywalk which connects the airport to the metro station which was commissioned earlier in the year.

Buhari Inaugurates New Abuja Airport Terminal

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday inaugurated a new international terminal at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja. 

The newly constructed terminal is a project spearheaded by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN.

The international terminal sits on 56000 square meters with a 60metre long skywalk that connects the airport to the metro station which was commissioned earlier in the year.

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FAAN Reopens Abuja Airport Runway After Jet Incident

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has reopened the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

FAAN had closed the runway on Thursday after a private jet skidded off it, losing its landing gear in the process.

The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mrs, Henrietta Yakubu, explained in a statement that the closure was to “enable the Authority take safety precautions”.

Airport workers were, however, able to move the jet out of the way, enabling the authorities to reopen the runway.

Flights Grounded At Abuja Airport As Jet Skids Off Runway

File photo of the airport runway

 

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has closed the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the nation’s capital, Abuja, temporarily.

The runway will be closed for 30 minutes, according to FAAN.

“This is to enable the Authority to take safety precautions, as a private jet being operated by Nest Oil has just skidded off the Abuja runway,” a statement by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, notifying passengers of the decision, said.

“The aircraft lost its landing gear in the process but all hands are on deck to put the situation under control and normalcy would be restored within the hour.”

 

Abuja Airport Gets NCAA Certification‎

The‎ Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has given the certificate of aerodrome certification to Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.

NCAA on Friday, November 10 presented the certificate to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

Presenting the certificate to the Managing Director of FAAN, Mr Saleh Dunoma,  at the airport, the Director-General, NCAA, Mukhtar Usman says the certification was required by Annex 14 of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Dunoma in response commended NCAA aerodrome certification team for their commitment towards the project, adding that FAAN was committed to ensuring that all international airports in Nigeria are certified as soon as possible.

FG Restates Commitment To Reopen Abuja Airport On April 19

runway under construction

Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has expressed satisfaction with the ongoing rehabilitation of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, saying the exercise is going according to schedule.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, shortly after inspecting the runway of the airport, Professor Osinbajo again affirmed that the airport would be reopened on April 19, 2017

runway under construction

The Vice President was accompanied on the tour, by officials of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

The Managing Director of FAAN, Mr Saleh Dunoma, while explaining the design of the rehabilitation to the Vice President, noted that the work done so far, was already 80% complete.

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport shut down its operations on March 18, 2017 for rehabilitation of its runway and the Kaduna International Airport has been serving as the alternative.

House Aviation Committee Inspects Kaduna Airport

kaduna-airportAmidst ‎speculations of poor safety measures at the Kaduna International Airport, the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, has paid an unscheduled visit to the airport.

The committee, led by its chairman, Nkiru Onyejeocha, inspected the runway, arrival and departure halls as well as the fueling facilities at the airport, which currently handles Abuja bound passengers.

Onyejeocha expressed hopes that the contractors would speed up their work in order to ensure the safety of passengers.

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Nkiru Onyejeocha

Meanwhile, the Managing Director of Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), speaking on the fueling system of aircraft at the airport, said it is in conformity with international standards.

It has been three weeks since operations at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, were shut down in order to commence repair works.

It is expected that the visit by the House Committee on Aviation would allay the fears of air travellers using the Kaduna airport, while they await the re-opening of the Abuja airport on April 19, 2017.

House Committee To Assess Safety At Kaduna Airport

House Orders Committee To Assess Safety At Kaduna AirportThe House of Representatives has directed its Committee on Aviation to ascertain the operational safety at the Kaduna International Airport.

The House gave the order in spite of the pass mark given by the Minister of Information on the operations at the airport.

The decision by the Lower Chamber was however, opposed by some lawmakers who argued that the Abuja Airport would be ready and operational soon.

The House Committee on Aviation has been mandated to ascertain if industry standards were complied with at the airport.

The Committee was also directed to assess the extent of work done so far at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and report to the House in one week.

Kaduna Airport: An Inconvenience To Nigerians – Adetokunboh Obayan

adetokunboh-obayanThe Former Head, Chilled Foods LTD, Adetokunboh Obayan, says the Kaduna Airport is an inconvenience to Nigerians, because of the risk of life and property plying the road.

He expressed hope that the six weeks of Abuja Airport closure won’t exceed.

Mr. Obayan, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said that one of the biggest challenges we have in Nigeria is that when we communicate decision, we communicate them as fait accompli and then justify them without recognizing the stress the people would have gone through.

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Mr Obayan said government or leaders who stand to represent the nation need to look at how it affects people on the other side.

Earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has advised Nigerians who have no compelling or urgent reason to travel to the U.S to postpone their travel plans until the new administration’s policy on immigration is clear.

A statement signed in Abuja by Special Assistant on Media to Dabiri-Erewa, Abdurrahman Balogun, said that the warning became imperative due to series of reports received by the office of the SSA.

“In the last few weeks, the office has received a few cases of Nigerians with valid multiple-entry US visas being denied entry and sent back to the Nigeria.”

“In such cases reported to the office, such affected persons were sent back immediately on the next available flight and their visas were cancelled.”

Dabiri-Erewa said that “no reasons were given for the decision by the U.S immigration authorities.”

Rehabilitation Of Kaduna Airport Begins

kaduna-airportWork has resumed at the new terminal building of the Kaduna Airport, that would serve as an alternative for both local and international passengers.

This is ahead of the closure of the Abuja international airport for six weeks, starting from March 8, 2017.

Repairs are also being effected to the road linking the Kaduna airport to the city.

On Thursday, the Minister of State for Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika and Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, appeared before the Senate to explain the reason for the planned closure of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport.

Sirika, explained that it would be unsafe to continue to operate in the Abuja Airport, as there have been daily incidents on the runway.

The runway in the airport was constructed in 1982 with a lifespan of 14 years which has since been exceeded.

FEC Approves Abuja Airport Closure For Repairs

FEC Approves Abuja Airport Closure For RepairsThe Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport Abuja will be officially closed for six weeks to enable repair works on the runway which is said to be dysfunctional.

Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this to State House correspondents after the council meeting.

He said that the federal government will also be spending over one billion Naira to complete the Kaduna airport terminal building, a project that had been abandoned for some time.

Also the Federal Executive Council approved over 4 billion Naira for the purchase of firefighting equipment to enable firemen in the country to perform their functions well.

Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau disclosed this to state house  correspondents after the council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Senate To Probe Airport Renovations In Nigeria

Senate, AirportsThe Nigerian Senate ‎has announced plans to investigate the renovation work in airports across the country.

The slow pace of work at the terminal building of some airports prompted the decision of the Senate Committee on Aviation.

The Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, made the announcement on Wednesday after inspecting the level of work at the airports in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital and Kaduna State.

He said that the officials of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the project consultants and contractors have been summoned to appear before the Senate Committee, to explain the reasons for the slow pace of work.

At the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja where the oversight visits began, Sen. Uzodinma, who noticed that some buildings were begging for renovation at the premises of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), however, expressed satisfaction with the general level of work.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, on his part reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to establish a national carrier.

The Committee also inspected a number of ongoing and completed projects at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology in Kaduna State.

Sen. Uzodinma told the Rector of the College, Captain Samuel Caulcrick, that the Senate would provide an effective oversight function on the aviation sector, to ensure that all facilities were in place for the smooth running of the sector.

With the discoveries made during the tour of Abuja and Kaduna airports, the Senate Committee on Aviation reaffirmed its commitment to visit other airports in the country, to ensure that Nigerian airports are well maintained for effective service delivery.