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
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.”