The Federal Government has fixed April 4, 2021,15 April and 3 May as dates for the reopening of the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Port Harcourt, Rivers State and Enugu’s Akanu Ibiam international airports respectively for international flights.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said this on Monday at the joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, in Abuja.
This might be an answer to a wake up call as the Deputy Minority leader, house of representatives, Rt. Hon. Toby Okechukwu had enjoined the ministry of Aviation to take the necessary steps towards the reopening of the international wings of the afore mentioned Airports, during a motion last week.
However, he denied that that the MAKIA and other airports closed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, were not reopened like others, for ulterior motive.
“The airports were shut down, like others across the world. We closed our airports as that was where the virus came into the country.
“We reopened some after many considerations with the other stakeholders. There was not ulterior motives for not reopening of the Kano or other airports. There are processes to be followed,” Sirika said.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano had led a delegation to the minister’s office earlier in the month, seeking a reopening of the airport.
REPS DEPUTY MINORITY LEADER MOTIONS FOR THE REOPENING OF THE INTERNATIONAL WINGS OF ENUGU AIRPORT, OTHERS
The Deputy Minority leader, house of representatives, Rt. Hon. Toby Okechukwu has motioned the reopening of the international wings of the Aminu Kano international airport Kano, Akanu Ibiam international airport Enugu and the Port Harcourt international airport Omagwa. UGAMATV REPORTS.
The house of representatives member who represents Awgu, Aninri and Oji river federal constituency, during a plenary session, enjoined the presidential COVID-19 task force, the house committee on aviation as well as the minister for Aviation to take the necessary actions towards the prompt reopening of international wings of the afore mentioned Airports.
This, he said will benefit the Federation in several ways especially Economically.
Okechukwu motioned thus, ” I agree in the spirit and letter with the propositions, regarding the three international airports; the Aminu Kano international airport, the Akanu Ibiam international airport and Port harcourt international airport.”
“The house urges the presidential task force on covid-19 to instruct for the immediate reopening of the international wings of the Mallam Aminu Kano international airport, Kano, the Akanu Ibiam international airport, Enugu and Port harcourt international airport, Omagwa.”
“The house mandates the committee on aviation to interface with the minister of Aviation, to without further delay to take measures to reopen the international wings of the Mallam Aminu Kano international airport, Kano, the Akanu Ibiam international airport, Enugu and Port harcourt international airport, Omagwa.”