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Asaba Airport: We’re Working On NCAA’s Concerns –Delta Govt

Posted: May 7, 2015 at 6:40 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Delta State Government has assured that it is committed to effecting the upgrade of the facilities at the Delta State Airport in Asaba as directed by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

The NCAA had downgraded the airport following the directive for the rehabilitation of the existing runway, taxiways and the construction of perimeter fence as well as training of technical personnel.

By the directive, only Dash 8 – Q 400 planes or their equivalent will continue to operate through the airport until the issues raised are resolved while all Boeing 737s and jets of similar category will be barred.

A statement signed by Chike C. Ogeah Esq, Honourable Commissioner for Information said that the issues raised by the NCAA in downgrading the airport are well known to the State Government which has already set in motion the machinery for effecting the upgrades demanded by the regulatory agency.

He said that Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan has approved the rehabilitation of the Runway and Taxiways in the airport and  the engagement of a seasoned consultant to supervise the rehabilitation exercise. He however noted that being a public sector project, extant rules on procurement and due process will be strictly adhered to.

He said that work on the perimeter fencing has commenced even as additional acquisition of over 400 hectares of adjoining land has increased the scope of work.

On the training of requisite technical personnel, the commission said that all the staff recently employed by the State Government have undergone the four-week mandatory basic training at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Training School, Lagos in 2013.

It should be noted that Airports are permanent construction sites the world over and regulatory agencies which in Nigeria is the NCAA have the mandate to oversight all the airports and may from time to time raise any concerns thereof.

“The down grade in the status of Asaba Airport has not in any way affected the operation of scheduled commercial flights in and out of the airport. Arik Air, Aero Contractors and Overland Air which operate scheduled daily flights have since deployed the right aircraft specification and are providing seamless services to passengers.

“We hereby assure the general public that the Delta State Government is committed to effecting the upgrade of the facilities directed by the NCAA promptly and the status of Asaba Airport will soon be restored to accommodate bigger jets such as the Boeing 737. It should also be noted that government being a continuum, the coming of a new administration on May 29 will in no way affect the schedule and timeliness of the facility upgrade. Wherever the upgrade exercise is by May 29, the coming government of Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa will see the project through”, he noted.