This Day (Lagos)

20 January 2013

Nigeria: Aviation Ministry Set to Re-Model 11 Additional Airports

Jos — The Federal Ministry of Aviation has disclosed that it is set to embark on re-modeling of 11 additional airports as soon as the first set of 11 currently undergoing re-modeling is completed and the airports commissioned by the end of the first quarter of 2013.

Disclosing this on Thursday, the Director of Cargo Development, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Rowland Uchenna Ofulue, who was in Jos, Plateau State, to have discussion with the state government on the preparedness for the commencement of agro-cargo operation of the Yakubu Gowon Airport, Jos, added that President Goodluck Jonathan is determined to pursue his transformation through Nigerian aviation industry.

He added that the pressure for remarkable transformation from the Presidency has made all stakeholders in the industry under the leadership Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Odua, to be on their feet towards achieving the transformation dream, noting that "for the first time in the history of the industry, 11 airports are undergoing re-modeling exercise simultaneously."

Ofulue said the Jos cargo airport, when completed and adequately equipped for agro-cargo business, will be of tremendous economic value not only for Plateau State but for the entire nation.

He said the concept of agro-cargo business in Nigeria is to encourage the rural farmers, who usually toil without getting expected value for their labour.

"It is in line with the transformation initiative of the President. We are indeed blessed with Agricultural resources in Nigeria, but there has not been plan for adequate exploration and exploitation of the resources.

"Plateau State is in the first class of the states blessed with abundant agric resources, adding that the state is endowed with a catalogue of products that can earn it unprecedented revenue generation," he said.

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