Yobe Govt. To Construct First Cargo Airport In Northern Nigeria

Yobe, cargo airport, airport, NigeriaThe Yobe State government is set to award contract for the construction of the first ever cargo airport in northern Nigeria.

The state’s Commissioner for Works, Transport and Energy, Sirajo Wakil, revealed this on Monday in an interview with Channels Television in Damaturu, the Yobe State’s capital.

He said that the airport which would be for ticketing, cargo and located in the state’s capital, would facilitate the export of meat, dairy products, and gum Arabic among others which will be source of foreign exchange to the state.

Mr Wakil regretted that Yobe State was the only state among the 19 northern states of the country without an airport, hence the need for an outstanding one.

He affirmed that the state government had concluded plans for the award of the contract which according to him, would be the first of its kind in the Nigeria’s northern region.

The Commissioner also lamented the non-functioning of most airports in the north, saying they were constructed on the basis of ticketing which ordinarily according to him could sustain the survival of any airport.

He disclosed that regulatory agencies like the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Nigerian Meteorological Agency and the Ministry of Aviation had visited the state for the feasibility survey of the proposed airport and had certified the award of the contract.

Wakil assured the people of Yobe State that the Governor Ibrahim Geidam-led administration would complete all the ongoing road projects across the state despite the tough economic situation.

Economic Activities Pick Up In Buniyadi As FG Provides Succour

Buniyadi
Representative of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Commodore Paul Dimfwina

Life seems to be picking up in Buniyadi town, a major commercial area along the Damaturu-Biu road in Yobe State northeast Nigeria.

This normalcy is due to the re-opening of the trade route which had been under the control of the Boko Har
am militants for almost three years.

The Nigerian military removed all barriers put in place by the insurgents after recapturing the town.

With the commissioning of the road six days earlier by the military, the situation in the town changed rapidly from what used to be a ghost town to one bubbling with life as commercial activities have started picking up appreciably.

The residents who have been taken refuge across Damaturu, Maiduguri, Gombe among other major towns in the northeast have continued to return to their ancestral home to assess the level of damage done to the town.

Commercial activities
Commercial activities have started picking up appreciably

As residents returned to the town, the presidential committee on the distribution of relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons swiftly responded with the provision of food and non-food items with a view to providing succour to the returnees.

The returnees gathered in front of the Local Government secretariat to welcome the state and the federal government delegation who visited the town with the relief materials.

Buniyadi
Relief materials courtesy of the presidential committee

The representative of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Commodore Paul Dimfwina, while addressing the returnees, said that the presidential committee brought rice, vegetable oil, soap, clothes, footwear, mosquito coil and sugar to be shared to the returnees.

He noted that the relocation of the IDPs to their ancestral homes and the immediate intervention showed that Nigeria was winning the war on terrorism and laying a solid foundation for full relocation of the IDPs to their communities.

Buniyadi
Yobe State Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, who was represented at the ceremony by his deputy, Abubakar Aliyu, appealed to the federal government to assist the state to effectively fund the return and resettlement of the returnees which is estimated at 14.3 billion Naira.

While thanking the Nigerian President for the release of the relief materials, he gave the assurance that the state distribution committee would ensure effective distribution of the items to the affected persons.

Some of the residents who spoke to Channels Television, expressed appreciation for the provision of food and non-food items to the community but called on government to consider the resuscitation of their power and water supply as well as health care facilities and schools destroyed by the insurgents.

They also pleaded for the provision of means of livelihoods as well as funds to help them reconstruct their destroyed homes.

Boko Haram
The returnees want help to reconstruct their destroyed homes

Buniyadi has reportedly suffered more Boko Haram attacks than any local government area in Yobe State.

Apart from taking over the control of the area for nearly three years, Federal Government College Buniyadi and the College of Agriculture were both attacked at different times with not less than 80 lives lost.

Several security personnel and civilians were also killed during the reign of terror in the area.

Military Reopens Damaturu-Biu Road, Welcomes Displaced Persons

InsurgencyThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai on Saturday reopened the 132-kilometre Damaturu-Biu road with assurance that other roads in the northeast affected by insurgency would soon be open up for socioeconomic activities.

The reopening comes as security forces continue to take control of the northeast zone of Nigeria from the hands of the Boko Haram insurgents.

A symbolic cutting of the tape marked the commencement of vehicular movement along the road which had been inactive for close to three years.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, who led the military hierarchy to Buniyadi town for the exercise, also marked the return of the displaced persons to the community.

He said that the reopening of the road would, asides impacting positively on the socioeconomic activities of communities along the route, also stimulate peace and the current military operation going on in the area.

The road which passes through some major Yobe/Borno communities provides easy access to Adamawa and Gombe states.

With the recent improvement in the troubled northeast, residents have long expected the reopening of the road which will cut short their travelling woes from Maiduguri or Damaturu to Biu, Gombe and Adamawa states.

The State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, who was represented by the State Commissioner of Works, Sirajo Wakil, showered praises on the military for the restoration of peace and the reopening of the road.

He called on the returning communities to always seek military clearance before returning to their ancestral homes.

On the deplorable condition of the road, the Governor recalled that his administration had awarded the Yobe portion of the road covering a distance of 77km at the cost of 6.7 billion Naira but progress of work was thwarted shortly by the intensity of the insurgency.

He gave the assurance that with the improved peace, the construction company would be mobilised to resume work.

He thanked the military for deploying security to ensure the construction work does not stop.