Lai Mohammed, Mamora, Other Ministers Supervise Coronavirus Screening At Airport


Some Nigerian Ministers were at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport on Tuesday to supervise the process and screening of passengers coming into the country in order to prevent Coronavirus spread.

They include the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; Minister for Aviation, Hadi Sirika; Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora; and Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk.

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Mohammed while addressing journalists during the inspection tour assured that screening and adequate surveillance are ongoing at major entry points in the country to prevent the spread of the virus.

Photos by Sodiq Adelakun.

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.

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.

Abuja Airport Closure: Amaechi, Sirika Appear Before Senate

Abuja Airport Closure: Amaechi, Sirika Appear Before SenateThe Minister of State for Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika and the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi have appeared before the Senate to explain the reason for the planned closure of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja.

The Senate invited both ministers on Tuesday to explain the reason for the closure and rather explore other options besides closing the airport.

Lawmakers are opposing the closure of the airport which they say would bring hardship on local and international travellers.

The Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika, explained that to continue to operate, the Abuja airport will be unsafe and unreasonable as there are daily incidents on the runway.

Captain Sirika said that every flight plan always have alternate landing routes and Kaduna has always been the alternate for Abuja airport.

He also pointed out that most of the sections of the runway have collapsed and if multiple sections have collapsed, it means the entire runway has collapsed.

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

Aviation Ministry To Revert To Original Designs Of Abuja and Lagos Airports

Lagos AirportThe Senate Committee on Aviation has directed the Ministry of Aviation to revert to the original designs for the new terminals at the Lagos and Abuja International Airports.

The committee gave the directive at a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Aviation and the Debt Management Office (DMO).

The Ministry of Aviation had altered the design of the new terminals of the airports as a result of insufficient land.

At the meeting, the Committee on Aviation also sought clarification on the $500million loan from the Chinese Exim Bank for the construction of terminals at four international airports and the $100million counterpart funding for the project.

Responding, the Director-General of the Debt Management Office, Mr Abraham Nwankwo, said that the Ministry of Aviation had secured the counterpart loan of $100million and would start the repayment plan which would span seven years.

The American Transportation Safety Administration’s Attaché for Central and West Africa, Ms. Mcneir Loretta, had visited Nigeria on a three-day working visit in April.

Mcneir’s visit was a follow-up assessment to the aviation security audit that was carried out on the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja in December 2013.

Mcneir, who is based in Senegal, commenced her programme with a courtesy call on the Acting Director-General, NCAA, Mr. Benedict Adeyileka.

She also met with the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Mr. Saleh Dunoma, before visiting the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Dr. Jamilla Shu’ara.