22 June 2012

Nigeria: Al-Makura Plans Second Airport At Karu

Lafia — Not long after the Nasarawa State began work on a N1b illion airport project in Lafia, the state capital, the government has said it would build a second airport in Karu, near Abuja.

The State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Engr. Wada Yahaya Mohammed told Daily Trust yesterday that the administration was considering going into a second airport project to be sited around Karshi area of Karu, adjoining Old Karshi in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT.)

He said the area has a vast, plain land that is suitable for the project, but added that the state government is still discussing the idea of the second airport project, and is still looking at suitable locations within Karu because of the advantage of the proximity with the FCT.

The commissioner said the second airport will be for cargo, as against the one in Lafia which is to provide investors with easy access to the state capital for business activities.

"This second airport is for cargo; for lifting and dropping of goods. This will complement the Abuja airport, as well as the surrounding states of Kogi, Plateau and Benue", Engr. Mohammed said.

He said the state is considering the project due to the huge opportunity that Karu's proximity with the FCT has, explaining that "the serious business activities in Karu area will blossom with this airport."

Engr. Mohammed said the state government intends to write the federal government for partnership, explaining that Nasarawa, with meager resources in the face of mounting financial commitments, cannot comfortably foot the bill alone.

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