2024 Hajj: Yobe working to airlift pilgrims from cargo airport – Buni 

Yobe state government has concluded arrangements to fix runway landing lights, the last requirement for night flight operations, to enable the state airlift its pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for the next Hajj exercise, from the Muhammadu Buhari International Cargo Airport, Damaturu.

Governor Mai Mala Buni, who Monday visited the Global Engineering Contractors and Inspectors, manufacturers of the equipment in Spain, expressed satisfaction with the quality of the equipment.

A statement by Director General Press and Media Affairs Government House Damaturu said the governor was at the company on a Factory Acceptance Test and Inspection visit, to ascertain and facilitate the shipment of the equipment to Damaturu for installation.

The runway lighting equipment being manufactured by Global  Engineering Contractors and Inspectors, is the only equipment yet to be installed to facilitate night operations at the airport.

The manufacturers informed the governor that the equipment had been completed and ready for shipment.

Chairmen and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Daniel Randell, expressed delight working with the Yobe state government.

He assured the preparedness of the company to work with the state government.

Similarly, Mr. Frosti Heimisson, General Manager of the company, said the company had placed the shipment of the equipment on its first priority list.

“I am impressed with your commitment Mr. Governor; there is a great difference in you from others in the administration sector.

“We are ready to ship the equipment to Nigeria before the end of this year,” Frosti said.

Governor Buni who expressed satisfaction, with the completion of the equipments, assured the state government’s commitment to ensure the shipment of the equipment to the state.

“I am contented with the report from our main contractors and consultants on the quality of the equipment which has been completed and ready for shipment” Gov. Buni said.