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SAHCOL, others reiterate expansion of apron

Managing Director of SAHCOL, Olu Owolabi
ANTHONY OMOH 
For a rapid movement of cargo from the ramp and to avoid congestion anytime more than one aircraft arrive at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Managing Director of Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited, SAHCOL, Olu Owolabi and a stakeholder, President of Association of Foreign airlines Representatives in Nigeria (AFRAN), Kingsley Nwokoma has asked to Federal Government to complete expansion of  the second half of the apron.
Owolabi made this known first stating that if government does not expand the apron, there will be much melee anytime more than two aircraft want to offload at the tarmac especially once the new terminal is complete.
He said that currently, when there is more than one aircraft at the cargo terminal, the aircraft can go to the international and work from there but it will be difficult once the new terminal is ready as there will be no space for that thus the need for the apron expansion.
More recently on the issue,  Nwokoma said that  federal government, as a matter of urgency  needs to commence the expansion of the Cargo apron of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos to decongest to allow the landing of more wide bodied aircraft.
Mr Nwokoma who spoke with journalists in Lagos over the weekend, frowned at the way the Cargo apron was abandoned by a contractor that was awarded the contract for its expansion without prosecution.
 “We should have government that will make people work, you can’t just collect money and disappear especially for a facility that will benefit the whole country. It’s something that government must look into”
Mr Nwokoma explained that it was becoming worrisome and difficult for wide bodied planes to come to the airport as a result of the inability of the government to construct a bigger apron for the airport.
He urged the government to address the situation to avoid embarrassment from the international community adding that all eyes were focused on Nigeria.
“We have an airline that brings in goods and is made to park at international. The apron is so small and we have had issues and incidents involving planes. The Cargo apron is an eye sore that apron has been there since the airport was built, we have been crying, calling for this expansion because safety is key here”
On the need for sanity at the NAHCO shed, Nwokoma called for the introduction of access control of people into the Cargo area especially with the security challenges that the country was passing through.
The AFRAN president stressed the need for the installation of close circuit televisions within and around the airport to monitor every ongoing activity in the area.
“If we are going to achieve anything positive, manpower and equipment has to be at its peak. The airport must be illuminated”
He decried the inability of the government to bring down the price of aviation fuel in spite of the fallen oil prices in the world market.
According to Nwokoma prices have fallen from one dollar to 50 or 55 cents and in Nigeria it has remained the same in the aviation sector. “This fallen oil prices will bring down tickets fares and more people will fly”

“It’s very unfortunate. We are dealing with world standard and it should be world standard, Jet A1 remains high in Nigeria as oil prices have fallen drastically and all over the world prices have been reduced. It must be applicable here”

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