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Metro Calabar Airport Declared Unsafe for Planes as Residents Play Football on Runway


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The Calabar Airport has been declared unsafe for planes to land by the Federal Airport Authourity of Nigeria (FAAN) and Cross River State government .

After a meeting between stakeholders, community leaders and the Special Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade on Aviation, Mr. Amos Kajang, Airport Manager, Mr. Ayodele Sunday said:

“The Margaret Ekpo International Airport is facing a lot of challenges. The airport runway is not safe for planes to land. The pilots have complained that intruders often walk through or play football on the runway when planes are landing. Also, school children walk across the runway to and from school, while residents farm on the area.”

The manager added that FAAN was facing a lot of challenges in the management of the airport and warned that the lives of over 130 passengers in an aircraft could not be sacrificed for the intruders.

He disclosed that the patrol teams had been armed to control the illegality in the area and urged those who planted crops around the runway to harvest them or be destroyed. The governor’s assistant said: “The movement around the runway shows that there is a gap which calls for the community’s involvement to curtail further intrusion.

Kajang admitted that there had not been regular surveillance around the airport and urged the FAAN to ensure that it was done in order not to compromise the security of lives.
 

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