Nigerian plans airport for agricultural export
By Oyise Oghene
The Plateau State Governor Mr. Jonah Jang has revealed that plans are under way by the state government to make Jos Airport an export zone for agricultural produce to other countries in the world.
The governor also commended the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah for her efforts in remodeling 11 airports in the first phase in the country.
The governor stated these over the weekend in an interview with aviation journalists in Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja when newsmen toured the airports presently under remodelling by the ministry of aviation.
Jang said that at present, the state government was in discussion with the Ministry of Agriculture to see how the Jos International Airport could contribute to the exportation of agricultural produce outside the country.
He explained that if both arms of government reached an agreement on this, it would contribute in no small measures to the revenue generations of not just the state in particular, but also to the country in general.
He maintained that the state government has over the years, boosted agricultural produce in the state through supply of modern farming tools to farmers to boost their performance and assured that the state would be a force to be reckoned with in the next few years in agricultural produce.
He said, “We have finished the design of the protocol lodge, which would soon be commissioned by the government and we are looking forward to discussions with minister of aviation to see if we can expand the runway so that bigger aircraft can operate into Jos airport.
“We are also discussing with the minister of agriculture to see how we can make Jos Airport an export zone for agricultural produce to other countries. So, you can see that we are working in synergy with the ministry of aviation.”