Abuja Airport closure: Measures to ease air travellers' plight very effective – FG



    The Federal Government has said the measures put in place to ensure
    comfort and safety of travellers using the Kaduna International
    Airport are working satisfactorily.

    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated
    this in Abuja on Tuesday after leading a team of 40 Journalists on a
    tour of the Train Terminal in Abuja and the Kaduna International

    “We set out this morning to show you how the train service works, some
    experiencing it for the very first time. We saw first hand how
    passengers transfer from the Tarmac to Abuja either by train or by
    coach and we all came back (to Abuja) by road. You saw the level of
    security all along the way. I am very satisfied with all the
    measures,” he said

    Alhaji Mohammed said a lot of planning and innovation have gone into
    making the Kaduna International Airport a viable alternative to the
    Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, adding that some of the
    challenges being experienced have been anticipated because of the
    diversion of the huge volume of air traffic to Kaduna.

    ”But Nigerians have risen to the challenge to ensure seamless
    operation at the airport,” he said.

    The Minister therefore appealed to Nigerians to be patient, as two
    weeks have already elapsed from the six weeks earmarked for the
    reconstruction of the runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International
    Airport in Abuja.

    “The issue is not whether Abuja Airport has failed or whether we have
    to close the airport temporarily. The issue is have we done all
    that is necessary to ensure minimal disruption to airline services, to
    ensure minimal inconvenience for passengers and members of the public
    and to ensure security of lives and ensure that safety is paramount?

    “I think I will answer the four questions in the affirmative, that we
    have done all that ought to be done within a very short time to
    provide these. It’s not a perfect situation. In other words, there is
    no way we can replicate Abuja in Kaduna within the time frame, but if
    the objective is to ensure seamless operation and minimal disruption
    to services, absolute safety and security, I think we have done
    well,” he said.

    In his remarks, the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi
    Sirika, said the measures that have been put in place for seamless air
    operation in Kaduna include construction of the perimetre fencing and
    roads, installation of instrument landing system, completion of the
    terminal building, fixing of runway markings, deployment of Mobile
    Control Tower, designation of the Hajj Terminal for domestic
    passengers and the Terminal Building for International Passengers, and
    provision of buses to take passengers from Abuja to Kaduna.

    The team of Journalists led by the Minister of Information and Culture
    inspected the Railway Terminal at Idu on the outskirts of Abuja before
    departing by rail to Kaduna, where the team also inspected the Port
    Health Section, VIP lounge, Immigration and Customs.

    After the inspection in Kaduna, the team returned to Abuja by road in
    order to experience first-hand the level of security along the
    Kaduna-Abuja highway.


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