El-Rufai appreciates FG as Abuja Airport Reopens
The Kaduna State Government has declared its gratitude to all institutions and individuals that made Kaduna Airport a successful alternative whilst the Abuja Airport was closed for repairs.
Expressing its satisfaction with the way operations went during the six-week diversion of Abuja flights to the Kaduna International Airport, the government said the level of collaboration between agencies and across tiers of government is commendable.
OK For this, the state government says it is grateful to the Federal Government and its agencies for making Kaduna Airport better.
The government also congratulated air travellers, who as customers, used the improvised facilities repeatedly with more than 4000 flights operating during the period.
The government praised local airlines, the Nigerian Railway Corporation and road transporters for their contributions. Kaduna State reserved special commendation to Ethiopian Airlines which was the only international carrier that operated from Kaduna during the closure of the Abuja airport.
A Kaduna State Government statement issued todayin Kaduna by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, said that the Kaduna State appreciates all the stakeholders that contributed to the successes recorded.
“On behalf of the government and people of Kaduna State, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for selectingKaduna Airport to receive all Abuja-bound flights from 8 March-19 April 2017. The six-week closure of the Abuja International Airport has brought many benefits to Kaduna state and we are indebted to the Federal Government for this.
“The diversion of Abuja flights to Kaduna airport demonstrated FG’S confidence in Kaduna state. The repairs of the terminal at the Nnamdi AzikiweInternational Airport has offered Kaduna the opportunity of receiving both national and international flights, therefore further exposing the state to numerous benefits. It boosted business activities and created Jobs in the state.
“In preparation for the diversion of flights, the Abuja-Kaduna Express Way was rehabilitated by the FG. The Kaduna State Government complemented this by repairing the Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway (the Western Bye-pass) and constructing a new 5.2km road to link the airport road with the Rigasatrain station. We have also installed street lights on major roads leading in and out of the airport to facilitate the movement of passengers between Kaduna and Abuja.
“The residents of Kaduna will continue to benefits from these investments, long after the reopening of the Abuja airport.”
Governor El-Rufai also congratulated the Federal Government for completing the repairs at the Abuja International Airport within the stipulated period.
While expressing gratitude to all airline operators that operated in Kaduna during the period, the Governor called on them to maintain their operations at the airport.
“We thank all airline operators that relocated their Abuja operations to Kaduna during the closure of the Abuja airport. Ethiopian Airline deserves special commendation for being the first airline to land in Kaduna the day Abuja Airport was closed, and for being the only international airline that used the airport. The Kaduna State Government looks forward to Ethiopian Airlines maintaining its operations, and that other international airlines will now see that Kaduna offers a credible business proposition.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Kaduna state, I want to thank the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari for giving Kaduna state the opportunity of receiving all Abuja-bound flights during the period the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport was closed for repairs.”