NAMA to begin installation of VSAT station, VHF radio systems at Akanu Ibiam Airport

Photo Caption: NAMA Director of Operations, Matthew Lawrence Pwajok (left) presents a souvenir to Rtd Air Marshal Adeola Amosu at the just concluded NATCA AGM in Kano, while NATCA President, Yomi Agoro (middle) looks on. Following the successful installation of the VSAT (very small aperture terminal) station at the Jos airport and the integration of the VHF (very high frequency) into the network in the North East corridor, the Nigerian airspace Management Agency (NAMA) will this week commence the installation of another VSAT station and VHF radio systems at the…

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Buhari approves N10b for upgrade of Enugu Int’l Airport

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sum of 10 billion Naira for an Intervention fund for the upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. President Buhari while approving the fund said he has the assurance of the minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika that the work will be done speedily and to the highest standards. The president in his official tweet handle stated that: “I have approved the sum of 10 billion Naira for an Intervention fund for the upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. I have…

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Airports: FG assures of improvement in safety, security, as FAAN graduates 727 AVSEC, fire officers  

Photo Caption: Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, performing different roles during the match pass The minister of Aviation has said that the federal government of Nigeria will continue to improve on safety and security at the nation’s airports through training and capacity development of staff, in line with the provisions of the International Civil Aviation Organization. He made this disclosure at the passing out parade for 727 Aviation Security and Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Firefighting Services personnel held in Service Development Centre, Afaka, Kaduna State on Saturday, September 7,…

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Suggestions that Aero, Arik be merged to form National Carrier not tenable – Sirika

The minister of state, aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has said the suggestions that Aero and Arik Airlines which are under the control of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, (AMCON) should be merged to form a National Carrier is not tenable. Sirika said it is not tenable because as the National Carrier, it would get entangled with the huge indebtedness of the airlines and other encumbrances. Speaking in Lagos recently during the stakeholders forum, the minister insisted that Nigeria deserves a National Carrier for its many benefits. He explained that the…

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Benin Airport to operate night flights as minister inaugurates critical landing equipment

The federal government of Nigeria has upgraded the Benin Airport to perform night flights and flights during low visibility with the installation of Precision Approach Lighting System and Instrument Landing System Category II, commissioned by the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika. Sirika during the commissioning of the equipment at Benin Airport said the executive Governor of the state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki had expressed his worries on why aircraft cannot land at night, during bad weather and low visibility and why there is no ILS. “From now on,…

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FG to shut down Akanu Ibiam Int’l Airport Enugu

The minister of state for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has disclosed that the federal government will soon close down the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu because of its terrible state. Speaking in Lagos on Friday during a stakeholders forum, Senator Sirika said the airport will be downgraded in-terms of international operations because of the state of the runway which has a market at the end of it, a free trade zone and and a mast. He said Ethiopian Airlines may be stopped from flying to Enugu if they did not…

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Buhari shows commitment to well-being of Nigerians by paying ex Nigeria Airways staff – Minister

The minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the commitment to the well-being of Nigerians led President Muhammadu Buhari to end the 14 year wait and suffering of the 5996 former staffers of Nigeria Airways who have started receiving payment of their pension arrears and other benefits from the federal government. Alhaji Lai Mohammed who said this in his speech at the rally organised by the ex-workers of Nigerian Airways in Lagos on Friday to support the re-election of President Buhari, noted that since the liquidation of Nigerian…

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President Buhari unveils Abuja new terminal, restates FG’s commitment in making Nigeria aviation hub

President Muhammadu Buhari has restated the commitment of the federal government in making Nigeria the headquarters of aviation in the West Africa sub region. President Buhari stated this in his keynote address at the unveiling of the new international terminal of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja today, which was funded by Chinese Exim Bank with counterpart funding from  the federal government and constructed by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC). The unveiling of the new terminal is coming within two months after a similar one was commissioned at…

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Sirika pledges collaboration with IFATCA towards enhancing safety

The federal government of Nigeria has pledged to collaborate with relevant stakeholders in the aviation industry in a bid to ensure the continuous safety and seamlessness of air navigation in the country.  The Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika who made these remarks Monday while declaring open the 29th International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Association (IFATCA) Africa and Middle East Regional Meeting at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja said government was prepared to partner with the international body of air traffic controllers in a bid to ensure safe skies both…

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Sirika, aviation agencies heads, 400 delegates to converge in Asaba for NUATE conference 

Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, heads of aviation agencies and over four hundred delegates are expected to converge in Asaba, Delta state capital for the national delegates conference of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE).  According to the general secretary of NUATE, Comrade Olayinka Abioye, the 10th quardrennial national delegates conference with its theme, ‘Public, private Partnership in aviation industry – Perspective from investors, labour and management’ will feature awards.  Comrade Abioye explained that past leaders of the NUATE will be honoured including heads of…

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