Manager of the Margaret Ekpo International Airport in Calabar, Alhaji Mahmoud Sani has decried the continuous power outage problem that was facing the airport.
Alhaji Sani affirmed that electricity supply to the airport has remained a nightmare to the management of the airport for a very long time.
He further noted that the airport had been running on generating plant as its main power source which ought to be the secondary power source.
Alhaji Sani, however, advocated for a dedicated KVA lines from the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to the airport in order to reduce the financial burden of purchasing diesel.
“We cannot afford to leave the airport in darkness, we have been running on generator and we have been buying diesel and we make sure that the airport is on through out the operational period,” he stressed.
He, however, commended the Cross River State Government for coming to the rescue of the airport through the provision of a 500 KVA generating plant and the overhauling of the old 500KVA on ground at a time the airport was undergoing remodeling work.
He said: “If I could have a dedicated line to the airport, the state government has tried to do it, on two occasions the transformers collapsed and that is why we reverted to the 11KVA generators. If the dedicated lines can be revisited, I am sure that a lot of our challenges will be sorted out.”
Commenting on the on-going remodeling of the airport, Alhaji Sani said that it was the best thing that has ever happened to the airport adding that it has been upgraded to a storey building as the halls would accommodate 1,500 passengers after the remodeling as against the present 200 passengers.