International flights return to Northern Nigeria
08 November 2013, 10:32
Lagos - International commercial flights have resumed in
northern Nigeria after a two-year suspension and despite calls for a
continuation of emergency rule in parts of the region, an aviation official
said on Thursday.
Security will be provided for the newly-renovated
international airport in Kano, Nigeria's second-largest city, added Federal
Airports Authority of Nigeria spokesperson Yakubu Dati.
"We are paying more attention to Kano because of the
volatile situation there but there's been a lot of calm and a restoration of
peace," he said. "And that signifies the return of business."
Kano has been the sight of many insurgent attacks, including
co-ordinated bombings in 2012 that killed nearly 200 people.
A Sudan Airline flight that landed there on Wednesday has
already departed with new passengers, he said.
In the future, the airport authority hopes international
flights will move produce as well as people. Roughly 70% of the vegetables
grown in northern Nigeria are wasted partially because farmers have no way to
export their products, Dati said.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan this week asked
lawmakers to extend emergency rule in three north-eastern states, which do not
include Kano, also a state.