The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Saleh Dunoma, says the agency will not spend a kobo in fixing the damaged section of the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri gutted by fire early this week.
This is because the terminal is insured and the insurance company has expressed readiness to pay for the full cost of the repairs.
This visit to the airport was the second of such from the management of the Authority in two days, as the Director of Engineering Services of the Authority, Salisu Daura had earlier led a team of Management staff to the airport on the 10th April, 2019.
On arrival, the Managing Director who went straight to the scene of the incident to see the extent of damage caused by the fire, was joined by the Authority’s Directors of Engineering Services, Human Resources & Administration, Commercial & Business Development, General Managers, Civil & Building, Safety as well as the Airport Manager and her team.
While expressing delight that there was no casualty in the incident, Dunoma noted that Zenith Insurance had conducted the evaluation of the damage and has agreed to pay the claims in full.
According to him, a committee had already been constituted to inquire into the remote cause of the incident, he also advised the Airport Management to continue to engage the host communities and partner other stakeholders in the interest of all.
He assured that the Authority would do all within its powers to ensure that the airport was renovated as soon as possible, to ameliorate the inconveniences the incident may cause airport users.
Dunoma, used the opportunity to appreciate the incumbent Governor of the State, Rochas Okorocha and the Governor Elect, Emeka Ihedioha for their support and timely intervention during the incident, also thanked the Air Force commandant, the Divisional Police Officer, Owerri airport command and their team for the role they played during the incident.