Members of House of Representatives from Kano and Jigawa States have assured that the international terminal of Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) will be reopened very soon.
The Leader, House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado Daguwa, representing Tudunwada/Doguwa Federal Constituency, gave the assurance when he led a delegation to a tour to the newly constructed international terminal at the airport on Sunday.
Addressing journalists shortly after the tour, Doguwa said the members of House of Representatives from Kano and Jigawa decided to move for reopening the terminal due to hardship the decision had inflicted on business communities in the state and its neighborhood.
He disclosed that due to their concern about the continued closure of the international terminal in the airport, the members of the house decided to meet the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Srika, on why it is being closed while those of Abuja and Lagos international airport are reopened.
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“We met him to find out why is Kano international terminal still being closed. We are aware that the terminals were closed due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in the country. Now Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt international terminals have been reopened, why Kano?
” If you look at the scenario, Lagos and Abuja have higher cases of the virus than Kano. We don’t even have the new variant in Kano, but why the continued closure of international wing of Kano airport? ”
“We are concerned about the collapse of businesses in Kano caused by the prolonged closure of the terminal. Many business people have incurred huge losses. Some of the business people had even lost their lives as a result of collapse of their businesses.
“See, we met with the minister and he gave us operational reasons and assured us that the terminal will be reopened very soon,” he said.
Doguwa stated that the visit was a follow-up to what the minister discussed with the delegation last week, expressing optimism that the level of work they had seen at the new terminal, they are confident that the international wing would be reopened very soon.
In his remarks, the Managing Director of Federal Airport Authorities of Nigeria (FAAN) also assured that the terminal is about the be reopened.
He also expressed appreciation with the level of work at the yet-to-be-commissioned terminal.
He urged the federal government to expand the area of the terminal of the airport.
In his remarks also, the President, Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, Dalhatu Abubakar, expressed delight over the moves by the lawmakers to secure the reopening of the terminal.
He thanked the lawmakers for their effort, adding that the decision to reopen the terminal.
“This show that we have leaders. We therefore called on the federal government to bring more International airlines, like Qatar, Ethiopia, Saudi Aliens etc, ” he said.