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Reps demand timeline on reopening of international wing of Kano airport

The House of Representatives on Wednesday mandated its Committee on Aviation to meet with the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, to seek a timeline for…

The House of Representatives on Wednesday mandated its Committee on Aviation to meet with the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, to seek a timeline for the reopening of the International wing of Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.

This was a sequel to a motion by House Majority Leader Alhassan Ado Doguwa and 33 others.

Doguwa recalled that the airport was closed on March 19, 2020, as a response to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu and Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.

He said the Kano airport had remained closed despite the opening of the other two closed the same period.

According to him, the Kano airport is very strategic and important to Nigerians, foreigners and the Nigerian economy as it serves 15 passenger airlines, including local airlines like Kabo Airline, Air Peace, Aero Contractors, Max Air as well as regional African airlines like Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines and others as well as International Airlines.

The House urged the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 to direct the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria to place COVID-19 preventive protocols ahead of the re-opening of the international wing of the airport.