By; SULAIMAN AHMED MISAU, Katsina
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Katsina State Government and Max Air Nigeria Limited for domestic flights twice a week from Mallam Umar Musa Yar’adua International Airport Katsina to destinations in the country has been signed.
The state Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, Secretary to State Government, Dr Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa, the state solicitor general and permanent secretary in the ministry of Justice, signed on behalf of the government, while Vice Chairman of Max Air, Alhaji Bishir Bara’u Mangal, the Director and Deputy Director of operations signed on behalf of the company.
Speaking shortly after the MoU signing ceremony at the Governor’s office, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari described the agreement as another developmental effort to open Katsina to other parts of the country and the world at large.
He stressed that by having commercial flights of which people of Katsina have been asking, the domestic flights would improve commercial activities in the state.
Alhaji Bello Masari expressed the hope that Max Air Nigeria Limited would keep to the time because time is very important in business, especially for air traffic business.
He emphasized that the present APC administration would strive to correct the mistakes made by previous administration’s which failed, assuring that government would look out for some business concerns and request them to patronize the services of the flight, saying a compulsory fee may likely be placed on such businessmen to the extent that whether they travel or not, there are certain seats that would be allocated to their enterprises.
He said the burden of maintaining the flight needs to be equitably shared with buoyant business concerns, stressing that the chairman of Max Air Nigeria Limited would also sponsor some seats.
Alhaji Masari said government would encourage others to start using the plane to Abuja and Lagos. adding that ” this is very important because with the level of insecurity now and the level of vehicles on the roads, an air travel will be more cost effective.”
Governor Masari observed that motorists take a minimum of six to seven hours from Katsina to Abuja while flight to Abuja to Katsina takes only 45 minutes to accomplish.
He advised entrepreneurs to intimate their partners coming to Katsina for business about the new development for the sustenance of the flight.
He asked Max Air Nigeria Limited to use the opportunity to procure smaller aircrafts, stressing that almost every state has an airport, adding that some of the Airports may not be as big as that of Katsina but certainly the small aircrafts would serve the purpose.
” No any state in the Northern part of this country is without an airport recently Yobe state that was lagging behind is now constructing a cargo airport,”he said.
Governor Masari advised the company to purchase propeller aircrafts which are more safer than jetty engine aircrafts in conducting flights to smaller airports.
Governor Aminu Masari expressed the hope that the domestic flights would provide Business 24-7 to the company.
He prayed that the MOU signed would be of benefit to people of Katsina state and mankind at large.
Earlier, Deputy Director in charge of operations, Alhaji Dikko Dahiru Bara’u Mangal told the Governor that the company would operate twice a week flights from Katsina to other destinations in Nigeria.
Alhaji Dikko Dahiru Mangal said the company would include Wednesdays after the initial Mondays and Fridays flights.