Minister Keyamo Visits MAKIA, Solicits Governor’s Support For Airport Improvement Towards Hajj

Minister Keyamo Visits MAKIA, Solicits Governor’s Support  For Airport Improvement Towards Hajj

In his efforts towards ensuring successful Hajj operations in 2024, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, (SAN), accompanied by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Aviation, Dr. Emmanuel Meribole, the Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mrs. Olubunmi Kuku, and directors from both the Ministry and FAAN, paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Governor of Kano State, Abba Kabir Yusuf. The Governor was unavoidably absent and was ably represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Aminu Abdulssalam Gwarzo. During the visit, the Minister, together with the Deputy Governor, the Permanent Secretary, the MD/CE of FAAN, and directors from the industry, undertook a facility tour of the airport, which includes the Hajj and cargo terminals. He outlined his plans to ensure all States are ready for Hajj operations this year.

A statement signed by Mrs. Obiageli Orah, FAAN’s Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection and another signed by Tunde Moshood, SA Media and Communications to the Honourable Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development say the Minister also pledged his unwavering support to FAAN to ensure seamless operations, with plans to collaborate with the state government to ensure a successful pilgrimage. Furthermore, the  Minister solicited support from the Kano State Government for a dedicated power line to the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport to enhance the airport’s power supply and improve the cooling system—a pressing need given recent concerns. The Deputy Governor responded by assuring the Minister and his team that the State Government would work diligently to ensure that the request would be swiftly addressed.

In another noteworthy development, Orah says Runway 18L has been reopened after an NG Eagle XEjet with the registration number 5N-BZZ, en route from Abuja to Lagos, landed and skidded off the runway. There were no casualties as a result of the incident. FAAN remains committed to providing seamless service to the Nigerian public.


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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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