To ensure the timely completion of projects at the Katsina Airport, the Federal Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace (FMAA) has urged the contractors responsible for the projects to swiftly mobilise to the site, as the Katsina State government has finalised plans to compensate the landowners.
During a meeting in his office today in Abuja, the permanent secretary of ministry, Dr. Emmanuel Meribole welcomed the governor of Katsina state, Mallam Dikko Radda and revealed that there are eight projects at the airport. Some of these projects include the expansion of the existing airport apron, the construction of a fire truck building, a new terminal, a cargo terminal and fire truck maintenance and refurbishment facilities.
He directed the contractors to immediately move to the site, as issues regarding compensation and the demarcation between military and civilian land space are currently being resolved.
Meribole commended the state government for collaborating with the Federal Government to ensure the initiation of the Katsina Airport projects. He mentioned that efforts to address the challenges that hindered the commencement of work after the ground-breaking ceremony held a few months back are yielding positive results.
He also mentioned that the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace has been engaging in discussions with the Chief of Air Staff regarding the issue of land demarcation between the civilian and military areas of operation. He solicited the governor’s support in further strengthening the talks with the Chief of Air Staff on this matter.
In response, Radda expressed his appreciation to the former Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika for bringing such projects to Katsina. He also applauded the Ministry of Aviation for its innovative initiatives.
Furthermore, Radda disclosed that approvals have been granted for the payment of land compensation to all the landowners to expedite the completion of the projects. He encouraged the contractors to swiftly commence work on the site, assuring them that he will continue to put in effort until the projects are successfully completed.