Enugu Airport: FG, Enugu State May Reach Rapprochement

Hadi Sirika

By Uche Mbah The threat of closing down Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu may be put on hold going by ongoing discussions between the State government and Ministry of Aviation. Recall that the Ministry has threatened to downgrade and close down the Airport due to Security issues raised by the Ministry. These included incessant bird strikes, bad runway, a market nearby, the Enugu Free trade zone and other issues. But Enugu state government rose from an emergency State Executive Council, SEC meeting and immediately ordered the relocation of the Emene…

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FG To Close Down Enugu Airport

Hadi Sirika

By Uche Mbah The Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika has said that the Akanu Ibiam International Airport will be closed down by the Federal Government because of what he called safety concerns. “I am afraid the Enugu Airport has to be closed down”, he announced.” I have told the governor that we have to move the Market, Free Trade Zone, and take the radio mast away so that we can move in and fix things and clear the runway so that we can improve on safety and save lives”. He…

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Plane Crash: After US Ban, FG Makes U-turn

By Uche Mbah After the US government placed a blanket ban on Boeing 737 Max 8 throughout the entire United States, the Federal Government, in a volte-face, decided to ban the aircraft from the Nigerian Airspace. President Trump, after days of pressure, on Wednesday placed a blanket ban on Boing 737 max 8 from the American airspace, thereby reversing the earlier position that the aircraft will continue to fly pending result of crash investigations. Some 42 countries have banned the aircraft that has been involved in two major mishaps in…

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Make the Corpse Walk: Why De-feathered Air Nigeria Did Not Fly

By Uche Mbah Finally, the fear of skeptics have materialized: Air Nigeria has become the latest still-born child of the Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government. Three months after the Logo was unveiled in Faraway London, the Minister of state for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, a former senator who was the chairman Senate Committee on Aviation, announced to a bemused world that the proposed National Carrier has been suspended mid air till further notice. “I regret to announce that the Federal Executive Council has taken the tough decision to suspend the National Carrier…

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After fifteen years, Nigeria Unveils New National Carrier

By Uche Mbah After fifteen years in limbo, Federal Government resurrects Nigeria Airways with a different name: Nigeria Air. Incidentally, the unveiling of the logo of the new airline was done in London, the international capital of Nigeria. Most policy pronouncements of Nigeria in recent times are usually done in London. The unveiling of the logo as done during the ongoing international Airshow in Farnborough London, Minister of state for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, was elated with the prospect of having a new national Carrier which, according to him, will only…

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