The President of the Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KACCIMA), Alhaji Dalhatu Abubakar, on Thursday urged the Federal Government to re-open international flights at the Aminu Kano International Airport in order to support business activities in the Northern part of the country.
Abubakar, who noted that Kano state had become relatively peaceful in spite of the insecurity in some parts of the North, lamented that many people had lost their jobs due to the prolonged closure of the airport for international flights.
The industrialist said: “Kano state is a commercial centre that needs to be considered in the opening of the airports. And we are compliant of the COVID -19 protocols and are willing to ensure continuous compliance.
“Kano is a commercial nerve centre in the country and the closure of the Aminu Kano International Airport is seriously affecting it economically and socially.
“We all acknowledge the fact that there is relative peace in Kano state despite the insecurity bedeviling the country and this cannot be unconnected with our people being busy doing one enterprise or the other. We are ready to comply and we have been compliant with the COVID-19 safety protocols”, Abubakar assured.
According to him, there are over 500 travel agencies in Kano with thousands of jobs in the entities at risk even as the economic losses associated with the continued closure of the airport for international flight operations run into billions of Naira yearly.