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Tinubu arrives Niger to inaugurate airport named after him

Niger state

President Bola Tinubu has arrived Minna, Niger State, to inaugurate the renamed Minna International Airport, agro-processing zone, and agricultural equipment.

The airport was renamed Bola Ahmed Tinubu International Airport, Minna, by Governor Umar Bago of Niger on Friday.It was formerly known as Dr Abubakar Imam International Airport, and was first inaugurated by former military Head of State Ibrahim Babangida on June 20, 1990.

The President is expected to officially flag-off the Agricultural Revolution Project, commission the Minna Airport and lay the foundation of the Hajj Terminal.

The remodelled airport was previously closed due to the cut-off runway, but now it has a fully furnished domestic terminal.

About 2,000 hectares will be used for the agro-processing zone project; 1,000 hectares for drip irrigation and greenhouses and 1,000 hectares for processing of dairy products, according to reports.

The state’s commissioner for Information and strategies, Hon. Binta Mamman while briefing Journalists in Minna, Niger State, on Sunday, said that in addition to the commissioning of the airport, the President will also inaugurate the 5,000 pieces of agricultural equipment procured by the state government.

She disclosed that other engagements of the President will be a guided tour of the facilities at the remodelled airport terminal and later lay the foundation for Hajji terminal at the airport before returning to Abuja.

“All measures have been put in place to ensure the success of the programme adding that the projects to be commissioned by the presidents were undertaken within nine months of the Mohammed Umar Bago administration.

“The airport would serve as an alternative to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and would also serve as a Cargo Airport.

The Commissioner further said that the state government has procured several pieces of agriculture mechanized equipment for the agro-processing free zone adding that these projects would showcase Niger state as a leading state in agricultural revolution in the country.