By Ummi Ismaeel,
Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, on Wednesday visited Minna Airport to ensure speedy completion of the on-going renovation of facilities according to international standards.
After the inspection, Bello reaffirmed his administration’s commitment was to make the airport a world-class in terms of functionality and comfort of passengers.
Some of the facilities under renovation at the airport include the construction of a VIP lounge, a general multi-purpose waiting hall and a departure hall.
The state government is also working to ensure that the hall and other relevant sections of the airport is equipped with screening and security gadgets and a place of worship for the comfort of air crew and passengers on arrivals, Bello said.
He expressed satisfaction at the level of work at the airport, saying, “With the level of work done, we have been able to a reasonable extent reduce the hardship of air travelers and we are doing it for the sake of Nigerlites.
“My interactions with some passengers today showed that they are happy with our interventions”.
The present administration has also embarked on the repairs of the badly damaged Minna-Suleja road to enhance travelers’ comfort and to ensure that the one and half hour trip by road to Abuja from the airport by passengers is actualized.
“With the pace of work on Minna-Suleja road by the Niger State Road Maintenance Agency (NIGROMA) and a contractor, it is expected that work on the road should be completed within shortest possible time”, the governor said.
Governor Bello, who also directed the state Ministry of Health to carry out renovation of the aviation clinic in the airport, called on federal government to reconsider the choice of Minna as alternative to Kaduna Airport due to a number of comparative advantages.