The supervising Minister of Aviation, Mr. Samuel Ortom, Tuesday ruled out sabotage as the likely cause of the fire incident at the control tower of the Kaduna Airport, which paralysed flight operations to and fro the airport at the weekend.
The airport has however commenced operations following the deployment of mobile emergency control from the Abuja airport.
In a statement signed by the General Manager, Communication, Aviation Parastatals, Mr. Yakubu Dati, Ortom, made the disclosure after undertaking an inspection tour of the airport and the debris of the control tower.
According to him, preliminary investigations revealed the unlikelihood of sabotage as the cause of the fire in view of the tight security at the airport.
However, the Accident Investigation and Prevention Bureau (AIPB) and other relevant agencies, Ortom said, had commenced investigations to identify the remote and immediate causes of the accident.
Earlier, the Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Mr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam, while conducting the minister round the burnt tower, assured him that all hands are on deck to return the situation to normalcy.
The minister, who was accompanied by some directors from the ministry and Heads of parastatals, also inspected the ongoing remodelling projects at the airport.
While also conducting Ortom round the terminal building and other facilities, the Managing Director of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Saleh Dunoma, said a new terminal was being rebuilt to serve the ever growing economy of the state.
The minister gave a directive for the speedy completion of the project because of the strategic location of Kaduna as a former regional capital.
The minister, the statement added, was also accompanied on the inspection by Mr. Benedict Adeyileka, the acting Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and Capt Sam Caulcrick, Rector of Nigeria College of Aviation Technology.