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.

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.

Reps Raise Alarm Over Alleged Insecurity At Kaduna Airport

Reps Raise Alarm Over Insecurity At Kaduna Airport Some members of the House of Representatives have raised safety concerns over operations at the Kaduna International Airport.

Speaking at a plenary session, a member said:

“The House notes and is disturbed that there are allegations that frailing installations and procedure at the Kaduna International Airport grossly falls short of international standard and poses great danger to employees, passengers and the general public.

“It further notes and is disturbed that some aviation marketers have been allegedly transferring Jet A1 product from bulk road tankers directly into fuel bowsers right on the tarmac at the Kaduna International Airport and discharging same into commercial aircrafts.”

The complaint is coming about three weeks after the airport kicked off operations as an alternative to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, which was shut down for repairs.

To this end, the House has directed its Committee on Aviation to ascertain the operational safety at the airport.

The committee is also expected to assess the extent of work done at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport and report back to the House in one week.

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.

FG Reveals Plans To Construct Four New Runways

FG Reveals Plans To Construct Four New RunwaysThe Federal Government says four new runways will soon be constructed at four international airports in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano and Lagos.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this on Tuesday when he led the Minister of Information around facilities at the Kaduna International Airport.

The Minister added that the expansion of the runways at the four airports would offer more direct local and international flights, as well as eliminate delays often experienced in the course of landing and taking off of aircraft.

“There will be a second runway in Abuja. Hopefully within the next 24 months, we would have a new runway.

“And then there is a second runway in Kano (the military runway), a second runway in Lagos and a second runway in Port Harcourt,” Mr Sirika said.

The Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, on his part briefed reporters on the Federal Government’s plan of a complete makeover on some of the airports across the country.

“As a government, we’ve put in place to the best of our ability, arrangements that will ensure security and also guarantee safety of operation both on tarmac and off tarmac, and on route,” he said.

Kaduna Airport Records 45 Flights Daily

Kaduna Airport Records 45 Flights DailyThe Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), says the Kaduna International Airport now records at least 45 flights daily since the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

The General Manager at the airport, Mrs Amina Salami, told Channels Television that the figure represents both domestic and international flights of scheduled and non-scheduled arrivals and departures into and from the airport.

The Abuja International Airport was shut down on March 8 for repair works to commence on its dilapidated runways.

While passenger confidence is slowly returning, the diversion of traffic to the Kaduna Airport, has posed some logistic challenges; to which passengers are still trying to adapt.

Some of them complained that they have to make cash payments for tickets as the ATM and POS systems are yet to be made available.

Addressing some of the complaints, Mrs Salama described the situation as a work in progress, as some banks have already brought in Automated Teller Machines which would soon be installed for use.

EFCC Discovers 49m Naira At Kaduna Airport

EFCC Discovers 49m Naira At Kaduna AirportOfficials of the Kaduna zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), have discovered the sum of 49 Million Naira at the Kaduna International Airport.

The zonal Head of Operations, Bappa Ibrahim, who briefed journalists on the discovery, said that the cash believed to have been laundered by a yet to be identified person, was stuffed inside five black sacks weighing 150 kg and was recovered where they were abandoned by the owner at about 8:00 pm on Monday.

Explaining further, he said the suspect who is still at large, abandoned the sacks containing the cash during a routine baggage screening at the security check point inside the terminal building.

Mr Ibrahim said that investigation into the matter had commenced with a view to identifying and arresting all those behind the act.

“The report which was made at about 8:00 pm stated that during the routine baggage screening of supposed check in baggage, five sacks were sighted unattended to and without tags containing fresh bulk items suspected to be money from the aroma perceived from the sacks.

“The owner of the money later showed up but could not state the exact money in the sacks or present any document authenticating the genesis of the monies.

“His inability to give any concrete explanation made him become uncomfortable and he disappeared into thin air before the arrival of the EFCC operatives according to our source of information.”

According to the EFCC, the sack contained fresh crispy Naira notes of 200 Naira denomination, totalling 40 million Naira.

The sacks also contained 50 Naira denomination in 180 bundles, totalling nine million Naira, purportedly emanating from the Nigeria Security and Minting PLC, which was branded on the sealed packs.

PDP Hosts Sambo As He Returns To Kaduna

samboThe former Vice President Namadi Sambo has returned to Kaduna,  his home state from Abuja, after  the swearing in of Muhammadu Buhari as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Friday.

The former Vice President, accompanied by his wife, Amina and personal aides, were  received at the Kaduna International Airport on Friday night  by the immediate past governor of  the state, Mukhtar Yero, members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political associates.

Speaking during a reception organized in his honour  by the state PDP at his camp road residence in the  state capital, Sambo described himself as the luckiest Nigerian  having served  as Vice President without going through  election, and later elected for another four years alongside the former president, Goodluck Jonathan.

He thanked the people of Kaduna state for their support to him and Dr. Jonathan throughout the period they served the country.

Present at the reception were the state PDP chairman, Abubakar Haruna, former Ministers, Director General of National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA) Mohammed Sani Sidi and party members.

Many women groups and musicians were on ground to give the ex-Vice President a rousing welcome.

While stating thanking God for sparing his life over the years he served as Nigeria’s number two citizen, Sambo  said despite being out of office, he will continue to work for the peace and development of the country at all time.

Some PDP leaders described Sambo as a great statesmen who has made Kaduna and the entire Northern region proud.

They assured to join hands with the former Vice President to rebuild the party ahead of 2019 elections.

Namadi Sambo was the Governor of Kaduna state between 2007 to 2010 when he was appointed as Vice President of Nigeria by the former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan.