The Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) Capt.Â Â Fola Akinkuotu has commended the Minister of State for Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika for the successful repair and delivery of the Abuja Airport runway, saying it was a major confidence booster for the air transport sector.
Â The NAMA boss said by delivering the revamped runway ahead of schedule, the minister wasÂ â€œsending an unambiguous message to stakeholders and investors, both foreign and local that Nigerian aviation industry is ready to do serious business, so the travelling should believe in the administration.
Â Akinkuotu, who made this remark in Lagos recently, also applauded the role played by the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amechi, Minister of Finance Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, Â and other cabinet Ministers for their efforts in making the project a success.
â€œThey all showed uncommon leadership here. They rallied everyone behind them. In fact, Senator Sirika worked round the clock.Â Â He took nothing for granted. He was on ground in Abuja and in Kaduna all the time. He has been exemplary. That’s why he succeeded,” Akinkuotu said.
Akinkuotu who noted that during the closure of Abuja, Kaduna Airport recorded well over 3, 000 domestic flights said the presence of NAMAâ€™s air traffic controllers in sufficient numbers and the upgrade of landing aids by the agency engineers contributed in making that feat a reality.
He also commended technical and operational staff of the agency for ensuring that NAMA played a critical role in the smooth running of Kaduna airport.
â€œI must commend them for displaying such diligence. They are well trained and motivated and it showed in their commendable performance. I will continue to build their capacity to enhance our air navigation service delivery,â€Â the NAMA boss.