Above pic the new Ministry of Civil Aviation and Air transport
By Goth Mohamed Goth
H.E President Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud (Silanyo) today official opened the newly constructed modern building complex housing the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Air transport which is situated near the Egal International airport.
Somaliland Minister of Civil Aviation and Air transport Hon Mohamed Hashi Abdi briefing the head of state moments after he cut the ribbon to official open the new premises said, “The full furnished Ministry of Civil Aviation and Air transport building complex which has being built at the cost of $ 200.000 and its now owned by the Somaliland government unlike the previous four roomed which was sold by the government and the proceeds were submitted to the central government coffers.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation and Air transport had in the past two years occupied a privately owned building in Hargeisa of which it used to pay the monthly rent from the budget allotted to the ministry by the government, money which would have been used for other important purposes.
The Aviation Minister went on to say “Your Excellency I would to thank you on behalf of myself and all the staff Ministry of Civil Aviation and Air transport making this possible, this new twenty two office block building is situated much close to the Egal International airport which is far better than the former four roomed headquarter we used to previously occupy not to mention at least the other newly built 16 ministries we this shows that your government is committed to fulfill the pledges it made during the campaign days for initiating tangible development to the people of Somaliland.
The Aviation Minister briefing the President Silanyo on the new facilities said, “We have in the past six months worked hard to guarantee and ensure security is at its highest levels in our airports, so we started by deploying two state of the art X-Ray machines to scan passenger luggage’s, Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) and CCTV equipment all around the airport with the aim of enhancing our security capabilities.
“We have managed to deploy two more X-Ray machines to scan passenger luggage’s at the arrival terminal and which will help in the tax collection through identification of cargo disguised as personal belongings, in fact I would like to inform you that this piece of equipment has being able to ID dangerous cargo which had previously passed through undetected at the Jomo Kenyatta international airport which demonstrates this equipment to be very reliable,” he said.
The Aviation Minister also went on to say, “During the last six months we have been able to refurbish, renovate and build extra facilities necessary for the main terminal and same includes enlarged modernizing arrival and departure terminal lounges to cope with the increasing number of passengers using the Egal International Airport, as you can see we have install modern rotating glass doors, the refurbishing of all furniture we added an extra storey for the departure terminal to ease the congestion of passengers and can now accommodate extra 750 persons from the previous number of just 50 persons before President Silanyo came to power and which means 1000 people can be through the departure terminal in less than 1 hour at any given time.
“We have separately built a new structure which will house the machine used to scan and process incoming luggage and another similar structure to be used for checking departing passenger’s luggage as well as new full furnished business center which will cater for all the needs of the passenger and two water foundation meant to thrill passenger’s during their stay and we have added new resting areas to be used by people waiting for their relatives to arrive at the airport.
Hon Mahmoud Hashi Abdi briefing the President Silanyo on the ongoing runaway expansion work tour said , “When the current government came to power the Egal airport was classed as class2 runaway by ICAO but now its class 7 runaway and when its finally completed it will be Class 10 runaway.
President Silanyo was shown the various state of the art modern equipment recently installed at the Egal airport
1- The deployment of a Human body scan machine, ATD and 2 X-Ray machines to check luggage at the main entrance to the airport
2- Expansion and renovations on the departure terminal
3- Construction of one top level departure terminal which can accommodate a least 500 extra people
4- A new building to house x-ray machines meant to scan the luggage of new arrivals
5- Rehabilitation of the quarters used to search people before departures
6- New building to be used by passengers on Transit.
7- Two new buildings to be used as water reservoirs.
8- The installation of new Sky-light roofing for all terminals.
9- Renovation of VIP Area
10- Newly constructed Lavatories to be used by visitors escorting or waiting for the relatives outside the airport
11- New boards and signs meant to aid people with directions inside the airport.
12- Two Backup electrical generators machines installed.
13- The introduction of new identification cards for all airport staff
14- The broadcasting of flights schedules for all incoming and outgoing flights through a loud speaker announcements.
15- The installation of water tanks and piping system meant to water the Airport gardens.
16- New terminal seats and offices
17- Free access to internet facilities to be used by passengers while waiting to board their flights
18- Deployment of hand held VGF Radio communication system to be used by airport staff
19- New gardens meant to beautify the airport landscape
20- Concrete and security reinforcements at all terminal areas