Keyamo Commits To Support For Hajj Operation, Flags It Off With VP

Keyamo Commits To Support For Hajj Operation, Flags It Off With VP

The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo (SAN) says government is committed to providing the necessary support and infrastructure for a successful hajj operation this 2024.

A statement signed by Tunde Moshood, SA Media and Communications To The Honourable Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, says the Minister made this commitment yesterday as he officiated the commencement of the 2024 Hajj Operations at the Sir. Ahmadu Bello International Airport, Kebbi State.

He said the event witnessed the convergence of esteemed dignitaries including the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Kashim Shettima, the Executive Governor of Kebbi State, Comrade Dr. Nasir Idris, and the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.

Accompanied by the heads of two pivotal agencies, the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Olubunmi Kuku and the Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Alhaji Umar Faruk, the Minister demonstrated his commitment to ensuring a seamless and efficient hajj operation.

The ceremony was a testament to the collaborative efforts of government agencies and stakeholders in ensuring the successful airlifting of pilgrims. Under the watchful guidance of the Minister, the inaugural operation witnessed the departure of pilgrims from Kebbi State, symbolizing the beginning of a spiritual journey for many.

In addition to overseeing the proceedings in Kebbi State, the Minister also supervised the lifting of Abuja/Nasarawa pilgrims at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, underscoring the government’s dedication to facilitating a smooth pilgrimage experience for all participants.

In a pivotal moment for border management and security enhancement, the Aviation Minister, in collaboration with the Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, unveiled the new Advance Passengers Information (API) and Passengers’ Name Record (PNR) office at the Nigeria Immigration Headquarters, Abuja. This groundbreaking initiative represents a significant stride in Travelers’ Identification Management, fostering efficient cross-border movements while bolstering security measures.

Speaking on the importance of the API/PNR solution, the Aviation Minister emphasized the critical role of collaboration between government agencies, the private sector, and international partners in achieving sustainable advancements in border management and aviation security.

Through his dynamic leadership and tireless efforts for the aviation sector, the Minister has continued to spearhead transformative initiatives aimed at propelling Nigeria’s aviation and aerospace sector to unprecedented heights.


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Albinus Chiedu is a journalist, aviation media consultant, events management professional, and author. He has practiced journalism since 2000.

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