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Aviation Minister assures of steady power supply

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Aviation Minister assures of steady power supply


Miffed by the sudden black out that engulfed the nationís number premiere gateway, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Minister of State, Air Transportation, Felix Hyat, has assured that modalities have been worked out to ensure that such a nerve-racking situation does not rear its ugly head again.

Miffed by the sudden black out that engulfed the nationís number premiere gateway, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Minister of State, Air Transportation, Felix Hyat, has assured that modalities have been worked out to ensure that such a nerve-racking situation does not rear its ugly head again.

Hyat, who flew into Lagos aboard Chanchangi Airlines on Tuesday evening told aviation correspondents that some stop-gap measures are already being put in place but said it would take a year before new generating sets could be shipped into the country.
It would be recalled that thousands of Lagos-bound passengers were left stranded at several airports across the country on Tuesday.

Public power supply to the airport, as with other public and private facilities had been erratic and the airport operator, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had problem with its generators.
FAAN usually relied on generators to power the terminal, communication facilities and runway lighting systems, but three of the equipment packed up at the same time.
Consequently, flight operations were grounded for hours, as FAAN engineers battled to put the situation right.

The minister disclosed that the authority was already putting measures on ground to make sure that such thing does not occur.

He said his ministry feels the pain caused to passengers and airlines as a result of the unfortunate situation, but was quick to add that it is part of the decay in the industry.

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