By Ijeoma Nwankpa, Abuja.
The Nigerian Government says it is committed to resuscitate and ensure functional airstrips all over the country, to combat insecurity and boost commercial activities.
Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, stated this when a delegation sent by Emir of Hadejia and led by a former Deputy Governor of Jigawa State, Senator Ibrahim Hassan, visited him in Abuja, Nigeria’ s capital.
Sirika said that many reasons have pushed for the resuscitation of airstrips among which was historical purposes and to combat insecurity in the country.
“As we are facing security challenges, siting functional airstrip in Hadejia will help in combating insecurity as the airstrip can be used by the Nigerian Airforce, Police and of course civil aviation”.
He further added that Hadejia once doubled as a centre of learning, trade and commerce in Northern Nigeria.
“we are starting now by engaging aviation experts and consultants to come up with an assessment.
In our plans, the airstrip is going to be managed in such a way that there is a plan for future expansion in term of landmass and commercial activities”.
Senator Hadi Sirika assured the delegation that everything would be done as soon as possible by the Ministry to actualize it and the Ministry would find an appropriate way of funding the project.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Senator Ibrahim Hassan, told the Minister that they were in his office to appreciate the Ministry’s effort towards resuscitating Hadejia airstrip.
According to him, the Ministry had shown seriousness towards the rehabilitation of the airstrip by sending experts and consultants to conduct an assessment.
Senator Hassan assured the Minister of the Hadeija Emirate’s support towards actualizing the project and commended him for the giant strides he had made in the aviation sector since his assumption of office as Minister of Aviation.