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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), has opened the Makurdi, Benue State Airfield, to civil flight operations. The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, made the declaration during an operational visit to the 21 Quick Response Wing (21 QRW) Base at Agatu, Benue State. Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who made the disclosure in a statement, said the CAS’ approval came during an assessment tour of facilities, as well as the state of readiness of the troops of the Wing to deal with threats within the area.
“The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, yesterday, 10 January 2019, undertook an operational visit to the 21 Quick Response Wing (21 QRW) Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base Agatu, Benue State to assess facilities as well as the state of readiness of the troops of the Wing to deal with threats within the area.
“While in Benue State, the CAS also declared the Makurdi Military Airfield open to civil flight operations, after the successful completion of repair work on the Runway and ancillary facilities and having addressed all safety concerns,” Daramola said. The DOPRI said the nod came after completion of rehabilitation of work at the strategic facility.
He said: “Before declaring the Runway open to civil flight operations, the CAS was conducted on an inspection tour of the completed works by the Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command (AOC TAC), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Oladayo Amao, who mentioned that the scope of the rehabilitation work covered refreshing of the sealant for the concrete slab joints on the Runway, Taxiways and Apron as well as the resurfacing of cracked portions of the manoeuvring area, re-marking of the Runway and erosion control, amongst others.”