Wednesday, December 9, 2015



Residents of Kwandere and Shabu in Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State have given Governor Umar Tanko Al-Makura the consent to construct an airport in the area to boost the economic potentials of the state.

The stakeholders gave their consent, yesterday, at a panel review meeting on the environmental impact assessment of the proposed airport project by Governor Al-makura at Kwandere and Shabu of Lafia LGA.

Speaking at the Dr. Ekeh-led panel meeting, the Sangari Shabu, Mahmud Umar Bwalla said the interest of the state supersedes the community’s interest hence, the need for the airport. He, however, noted that his subjects would be prone to noise pollution from planes and air crash, saying that the government should fashion out ways to compensate them.

Also speaking at the meeting, the Sarkin Kwandere, Ahmadu Al-Makura disclosed that his subjects have accepted the construction of the airport in their area. According to him, the state and entire community will benefit from the project as it will give a boost to the exportation of agricultural product in the face of dwindling oil revenue in the country.

He, however, lamented that the community has not been brought into the full picture of the project as he and his community members have not been introduced to the contractors handling the project. He equally called for the inclusion of his community members in the construction of the airport as a way of creating employment.

Earlier, Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura who spoke at the meeting as a stakeholder, said the project is important given its nearness to Federal Capital Territory (FCT) adding that it would unbundle the state for economic development in line with the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said the airport would also assist residents of the FCT as well as the people of the state who would want to embark on local and international trips. Al-makura added that the airport would support security establishment to combat security challenges in the country.

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