FG To Revive Jigawa Airstrips To Boost Fight Against Insecurity

The Federal Government says it is working assiduously to regain 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 on Friday in Abuja.

Sirika said: “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 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.
“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 Sirika assured the delegation that everything would be done as soon as possible by the ministry to actualize it and find an appropriate way of funding the project.


Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Senator Ibrahim Hassan, told the minister that the visit was also to appreciate the ministry’s effort towards resuscitating Hadejia airstrip.

He added that the Ministry had shown seriousness towards the rehabilitation of the airstrip by sending experts and consultants to conduct an assessment.

Hassan assured the minister of 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.


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