Borno State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Zannah Mustapha, on Tuesday, June 9,2015 said that the Federal Government had approved the re-opening of the Maiduguri International Airport for commercial activities.
The airport has been closed for over 18 months due to the repeated attacks on the state by Boko Haram terrorists.
The deputy governor informed jounalists on Tuesday that decision to re-open the airport was a result of the improved security situation of the state.
“It is interesting to announce that the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Adesola Amosu, has confirmed to me that the Federal Government had issued a directive for the re-opening of the Maiduguri International Airport for commercial activities.
“In fact, the Chief of Air Staff told me that the Nigerian Air Space Management Agency, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, were already directed to work out modalities for the resumption of flight operations in the airport,” he added.
Most of the towns around Maiduguri previously held by the sect have been recovered by Nigerian troops in collaboration with troops from Nigeria’s neighbouring countries.