LOKOJA (Federal Ministry of Aviation Report) – The Nigerian Government is set to collaborate with Kogi State Government to build a world class airport in Lokoja, Kogi State to bring the State’s economy at par with other States in the country.
The Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka said this when the Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada (Capt.) paid him a courtesy visit in the Ministry. He explained that the establishment of an airport in Lokoja will fulfil the Federal Government’s policy drive towards building airports in all the State capitals in the federation. He added that it will enhance the emergence of regional airlines which will uplift the aviation sector. The Minister further noted that the Nigerian Government has commissioned the Dutse International Airport; promising that the airports in Abeokuta, Bayelsa, Kebbi and Nassarawa States are in progress.
Osita Chidoka also stated that being a confluence city where Nigeria originated from, the Lokoja Airport will promote touristic activities as well as enable Kogi State and the entire country to grow economically. Adding, the Federal Government will work out modalities with Kogi State towards assisting the State.
Speaking earlier, the Governor of Kogi State in his remarks said that the purpose of his visit to the Ministry was to congratulate the Minister on his appointment. He noted that the ministry has been entrusted to the right person, indicating that the Kogi State Government considered the strategic location of Lokoja while seeking for assistance from the Federal Government to enable the State build the targeted world-class Lokoja Airport.
According to the Governor, the aim of the State Government in planning to build the airport in lokoja is to make it a zonal aviation hub for the middle belt zone and to promote the exportation of agricultural products.
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