By Christel Odili
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has reopened its Military Airfield in Makurdi, Benue State Capital for civil flight operations.
Recall that the NAF airfield was closed down to civil flight operations in August 2018 to allow for repairs and maintenance on the runway and other aviation facilities to ensure safety and smooth air operations.
While undertaking an inspection visit to assess facilities in the airfield, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar declared the Airfield open to civil flight operations upon the successful completion of the repair work on the Runway and other ancillary facilities put in place to address safety concerns.
Before declaring the Runway open, 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 disclosed 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.
Speaking after the inspection, the CAS commended the AOC TAC for effective supervision of the project and also congratulated the NAF Works Centre Abuja, which had executed the project through direct labour, for doing a good job.
He added that the repairs, which had necessitated the closure of the Airfield to civil flight operations, as published in relevant Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS), were aimed at improving flight safety in accordance with global best practices as well as in line with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) regulations.
The CAS further stated that a NOTAM had also been promulgated by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to reopen the airfield for normal operations.