Aviation: Keyamo inspects Kano Airport ahead inaugural pilgrimage flight

By Innocent Raphael

The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo SAN, has inspected the newly installed facilities at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) in Kano, in preparation for the inaugural flight of intending pilgrims.

A statement issued by Tunde Moshood, the Special Assistant on Media and Communications to Keyamo, revealed that prior to the inspection, the Minister met with Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State, urging support for the installation of a dedicated power line at MAKIA to tackle recurring power outages.

The minister also sought the state’s assistance in acquiring two additional generating plants to ensure uninterrupted operations for pilgrims.

Moshood’s statement highlighted, “Before the facility inspection, the Minister paid a courtesy visit to the Kano State governor, Abba Yusuf, who was represented by his deputy, Aminu Gwarzo.”

During the meeting, Keyamo outlined three critical requests aimed at enhancing MAKIA’s efficiency and functionality.

“First, he urged the state government to facilitate the installation of a dedicated power line at the airport to address persistent issues of low power outages, particularly affecting the air-conditioning system.

“Second, he appealed for the state’s support in acquiring two additional generating plants to supplement the electricity supply at the airport, ensuring uninterrupted operations for pilgrims and travellers alike.

“Last, the Minister brought attention to properties belonging to Skypower that has been under dispute, seeking the state government’s intervention to resolve the matter amicably,” the statement read of the minister.

In response, Governor Yusuf’s deputy assured Keyamo of the state government’s commitment to promptly addressing the requests, underscoring collaborative efforts between federal and state governments.

The deputy governor joined the Minister’s entourage for a comprehensive tour of the facilities, signaling joint efforts to ensure a seamless experience for pilgrims.

Expressing gratitude for the hospitality and support extended by the Kano State government, Keyamo reiterated the Ministry’s dedication to enhancing aviation infrastructure nationwide.

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