Measures To Ease Air Travellers’ Plight Very Effective, says FG

Abuja, March 21, 2017 (TNE):The Federal Government says measures put in place to ensure comfort and safety of travellers using 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 Kaduna International Airport.

“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 in a statement signed and issued by his Special Assistant,  Mr Segun Adeyemi.

According to Mohammed, a lot of planning and innovation have gone into making Kaduna International Airport a viable alternative to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, adding that some of the challenges being experienced had 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 appealed to Nigerians to be patient, as two weeks have already elapsed from the six weeks earmarked for the reconstruction of the runway at 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 had 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, 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 on the Kaduna-Abuja highway. (TNE)

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