By Seriki Adinoyi
Yakubu Gowon Airport, Jos, Plateau State, has constructed Security Watch Tower at about 5.1 m high at the Runway-28 end for the Police Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), the first ever erected in any Airport across the country.
Unveiling the tower before newsmen in the presence of the Regional Manager (North-central) of Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Pastor Chris Bature, the Jos Airport Manager, Mr Jim Opotu said the tower was erected in accordance with the directives of the National Security Adviser’s office to enable security personnel keep watch over the runway during flight operations.
Bature, who doubles as the Manager of the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, Abuja, scored Opotu and his management team high over the tower and indeed other developmental projects locally executed by the management. He described the manager as “clever and intelligent”, charging the other airports managers to borrow a leaf from him.
He said aside from the good pace of the remodelling work going on at the airport, which would increase the capacity of the airport to 730 per hour, “general renovation and furnishing of the airport Police post to provide conducive working environment for the Police officers, and the building of canopies at 5.4m high at the access and Apron gates by the Opotu team, were commendable.”
Bature also noted that the renovation of offices, conference room and conveniences of airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (ARFFS), and the production of sign posts at strategic locations for proper identification and direction of airport users, and many other projects “must have been a result of Opotu’s prudent management of funds released to the airport.”
Other projects executed by the Jos Airport management include the ongoing construction work on the permanent site of Airport Staff School, and five hydrants strategically located at various locations of the airport to replenish water supply in the event of fire outbreak.
Elated by the good works, Bature, while promising to contribute his quota to support Jos Airport, noted that FAAN was doing everything to ensure that staff welfare, in terms of allowances, accommodation, healthcare services, and education, were not taken for granted, adding that their welfare was currently under review.