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Yuguda: Lack of political will delayed building of Bauchi airport

26 January 2013, 07:39

Bauchi - Gov. Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State said on Friday that the lack of political will by previous administrations delayed the building of Bauchi International Airport conceived in the 1980s.

Yuguda made the remark while laying the foundation stone for the International Airport estimated to cost N7.98 billion.

He recalled that the airports in Abeokuta, Ibadan, Minna, Akure and Warri were conceived at the same time but Bauchi could not build its own airport.

Yuguda said that contract for the construction of the airport was awarded to Messrs Triacta Nig Ltd at the cost of N7.98 billion to be completed in 18 months.
He said the government had paid the contractor 70 per cent of the project cost.

Yuguda said work on the 3.4km long and 1km wide runway had reached advanced stage and promised that Muslim pilgrims would travel from the airport during the year.

A former minister of information, Prof. Dora Akunyili, commended Yuguda's foresight and described the project as “strategic to the people of Bauchi State.”

- NAN

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