Nasarawa state Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura said the proposed Lafia International airport, Lafia would be completed in eighteen (18) months, and The Governor averred that the establishment of the airport if completed would open the vista for robust economic activities.
The Governor stated this during the flagging-off of Lafia International Cargo airport at Kwandare, Lafia,Local Government, The Governor said the project has no link with the welfare of civil servants in the state, Saying the state Government will pay twenty five (25%) and China construction firm ,Tongyi Group owners of Hypec to contributes seventy five (75%).
The Nasarawa state capital will serve as an alternative for the users of airport in the Federal Capital Territory, Al-Makura asserted that the airport project remain crucial and vital project to the citizenry of Nasarawa state, He however opined that the project would go a long way in unbundling the north-central zone for economic prosperity.
He further said the proposed project if completed would create employment opportunity to the teeming youth in the state roaming the street, Other significance of the project according to Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura include the provision of social services.
The Governor also averred that the airport project would ameliorate the plight of indigents of the state embarking on pilgrimage to the holyland, saying Christians and Muslims pilgrims from the state are at the vantage side to benefit from the project.
“pilgrims will no longer passed through stress before embarking on spiritual voyage to either Saudi Arabia or Jerusalem instead they will have a stress-free spiritual journey right away at their door step,” unemployment will continue to have a multiplier effect on the economic development of the state, And with the proposed project our youth will be off the street”.
It would be recalled that the paramount ruler of Lafia North Development Area, The Sangarin Shabu,Mahmud Umar Bwalla during a town hall meeting commended the state Governor for the sitting of the project in Kwandare community, He complained of noise pollution and plane crash as major huddles and preponderances of Kwandare people.
Also speaking during the town hall meeting held at Taal conference hotel the monarch of Kwandare, Ahmadu Al-Makura said the sitting of airport in Kwandare community will boost the economic potentials of the state especially in the importation of agro-allied projects as well improve the revenue-based of the state, The representatives of the two communities shower utmost support to the airport project.
The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority’s recommended that noise induce plan management should be introduce.
That accident potential zone, low density, land use restriction should be taken into cognizance in the establishment of airport.