The 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.