By James Eze
Umueri (Anambra East LGA), March 26, 2021 (MOI) Director-General and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Captain Musa Nuhu says the Anambra International Cargo Airport, Umueri will be the best airports in the country when operational.
The civil aviation boss, who was in Umueri to inspect the facilities at the ongoing airport project, said he was amazed at “the elaborate, carefully planned and masterfully executed facilities at the new airport’’.
In an interview after the tour, Captain Nuhu, the Nigerian Representative in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Council before his current appointment, said that the impressive array of facilities at the Airport, left indelible impressions in him.
“I am amazed and almost speechless at the level of work and the level of compliance with our regulatory requirements as well as international standards and recommended practices,’’ he declared.
He pointed out that his tour of the airport gave him a clear view of what the Obiano administration had achieved with the project.
“We have gone round the airport. We have a runway of 3.7km with a runway safety area on both ends of the airport of about 1,000 meters.
“There’s no airport in Nigeria that has a racer area of 1,000 meters at both ends of the runway with two taxiways.
“The control tower is amazing; if not one of the best control towers in Nigeria today,’’ Captain Nuhu observed.
Nuhu, the head of the highest regulatory authority in the aviation industry in Nigeria said: “we have seen the Fire Service Station. Amazing! It’s going to be a CAT 955 Firefighting Station, which will allow big planes and international flights to be landing and taking off here once flight operation resumes here’’.
According to him, the water treatment plant is awesome and will take care of the needs of not only the airport but also of the firefighting service.
“We have seen the emergency evacuation and the trauma centres in case of emergencies. These are facilities to deal with any eventuality.
“I have seen the operational and the perimeter fencing; significantly done or almost completed. And in the vehicle parking areas earlier, I had said that ‘Anambra means business.’ And I mean it when I say Anambra means business.’’
Captain Nuhu, then, emphasised that everything about the Airport was perfect pointing out that the consultants to the government on the project had done a great job.
“It is obvious that when this airport is completed, it is going to be a significant enabler for economic growth of this area and nearby the states. “I congratulate the Governor for this legacy project,’’ he stressed. (MOI)