Kwankwaso Decries Snub Of Indigenes For Employment At Re-modelled Kano Airport

The governor of Kano state, Mr Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has expressed his displeasure about the failure of the Ministry of Aviation to consider indigenes of Kano state in the various recruitment process that were undertaken at the newly re-modelled airport.

The governor made this known while hosting a delegation of the Ministry and Federal Airport Authority (FAAN) who paid him a visit ahead of the commissioning of the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport.

The Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, stated that “Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport has been restored to its glory. We are happy for the good support we have been receiving from the state government.”

Speaking that the commissioning ceremony, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Lamido Sanusi, stated that evolving a strong maintenance culture for the re-modelled terminals across the country is critical to their continued existence.

Sanusi, who was the special guest of honour, commissioned the remodeled section of the airport and stated that “CBN supports public officers that are doing something. There is no one that can go to Kano airport or Kaduna airport or Benin airport of Abuja airport and tell you that something is not happening.”

Mr George Uriesi, the Managing Director of FAAN revealed that Kano was the beginning of aviation history in Nigeria. “We take Kano as a strategic place in our aviation thinking”, he stated.

Princess Oduah revealed that the Ministry has awarded contract for two cargo areas, a perishable cargo area where perishable goods could be imported from the airport to other parts of the world.

Mark, others to attend Onaiyekan’s consecration, visit Suntai

President Goodluck  Jonathan is sending an official delegation headed by the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark to represent the Federal Government at the formal consecration of Archbishop John Onaiyekan as a Cardinal of the Catholic Church by Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican tomorrow.

This was confirmed by a statement signed by the special adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.

Other members of the delegation are the Chief of Staff to the President, Mike Oghiadomhe, the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, the Minister of State (FCT), Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide and the Chaplain of the Presidential Villa Chapel, Venerable Obioma Onwuzurumba.

It will be recalled that Archbishop Onaiyekan’s elevation to the College of Cardinals was announced by the Vatican on October 24, this year.

President Jonathan has also mandated members of the delegation to stop over in Hanover, Germany on their way back to visit Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State who is receiving treatment there for injuries sustained in a recent plane crash.

The delegation which is scheduled to leave Abuja today is due back on Sunday.