By Kenneth Ehigiator
PORT HARCOURTâ€”Rivers State government has donated three brand new fire tenders to Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.
The last of the three fire trucks, meant to boost safety and security at the airport, was handed over to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, only recently, after two had earlier been delivered.
Donation of the fire trucks was sequel to an earlier appeal by FAANâ€™s management to the state government in 2009 to partner with the agency to prevent the airportâ€™s downgrade from Category 9 to Category 8.
The government had earlier released two of the fire trucks to the agency while the third one was delivered last weekend.
The three fire trucks include two Mercedes Benz ACTROS 3358 Regular fire trucks and one Ford Rapid Intervention Vehicle, RIV.
With the donation of the three fire trucks, the Port Harcourt International Airport has now fully attained Category 9 status.
Receiving the fire trucks on behalf of FAANâ€™s Managing Director, Mr. Richard Aisuebeogun, the Regional Manager, South â€“East, and Port Harcourt International Airport Manager, Mr Henry Anyanwu, thanked Governor RotimiÂ Amaechiâ€™s government for the donation.
He explained that availability of fire tenders was a major factor that determined the airport’s categorization.
Aisuebeogun assured the governor of continued good working relationship between FAAN and the people of Rivers State.
It would be recalled that absence of an effective fire system led to the high casualty figure that resulted from the crash of Sosoliso Airlinesâ€™ plane at the airport on 10 December 2005.