The executive secretary of Nigerian Christians Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Rev. Tor Uja has commended the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for the modern and world class facilities provided at the new terminal of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airports Abuja.
He commended the authority during his recent visit to the management of the FAAN in preparation for the 2019 post Easter Pilgrimage exercise to Israel.
Rev. Uja expressed satisfaction at the level of security measures put in place at the Airport as well as facilities on ground for the comfort of intending pilgrims.
He stressed the need for Nigeria to have about 10 strategic and functional Airports around the country with state of the art facilities so that the country can become Africa’s Aviation hub.
According to him, “we must stop looking beyond regional boundaries and see ourselves as a regional aviation hub for West Africa,” he added.
He said: “Nigeria is too big for a small region, because we have too many resources to localize ourselves to small territory”.
The NCPC boss informed that in the past seven years, the North Central part of Nigeria has every year sent the largest number of pilgrims than other regions in the country, and most of them fly from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
In his words, “we have had successful airlifts from this Airport and we have also enjoyed good working relationship with the Airport Authorities”.
He further informed that the 2019 post Easter pilgrimage Exercise will be flagged off on 2nd June, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
According to him, “we have seen that the check in areas, the waiting hall and other facilities are in very good condition”.
Rev. Uja called on FAAN to ensure clean toilets, good lighting system and functional air conditioners in the waiting hall.
“We should give Nigeria the best service and invest in Nigerians. He added that “every facility should be of best standard, “ he said.
In his response, the FAAN regional general manager North Central and airport manager, Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, Mahmud Sani assured the commission that the Pilgrims Wing would be put in place before the airlift of intending pilgrims of the post Easter Pilgrimage.
He explained that :“As at
today we have moved our International flights to the new terminal. He assured
that from tomorrow all International flights would fly from the new terminal.
Sani also assured the commission that the Airport Authorities will improve on the airport facilities adding that additional facilities would be put in place.