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Abuja Airport Closure: Relocation Committee Says Kaduna Airport Tested And Ready

BEVERLY HILLS, February 17, (THEWILL) – Secretary-General of the Aircraft Operators in Nigeria, Mohammed Joji, who chairs the coordinating committee on Abuja relocation, says the Kaduna international airport is ready for heavy commercial use.

He reached this conclusion on Friday after inspecting facilities at the airport, ahead of the March 8th closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for repairs and the diversion of flights to Kaduna.

Addressing newsmen after the inspection, Joji said the airport had been re-branded with modern equipment in line with international best standard.

“All the equipment were tested and are doing fine. As far as I am concerned, I am comfortable with this one, we are happy about it,” he declared.

Joji listed some of the items installed at the airport to include: lighting system, distance measuring equipment, solar power, and other vital facilities.

Also speaking, an Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Usman, disclosed that adequate measures had been taken to ensure security at the airport and on the Kaduna-Abuja road once flight operations are diverted from Abuja to Kaduna.

“Our level of deployment on the road has been assessed and we have earmarked where we will cover in terms of patrol.

“We have also made arrangement to protect the airport and equipment, building and everywhere.

“We have also ensured that all hotels and places of interest are protected and guarded, and we are going to increase patrol visibility,” he said

On her part, the Kaduna airport manager, Amina Salami, said the airport was 95 per cent ready for traffic from Abuja.