Jigawa State Governor, Dr. Sule Lamido has commended the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah for her commitment and vision in turning around the fortunes of the aviation industry, noting that the Agro-Perishable Cargo Export initiative by the minister would augur well for the nation.
The governor made the remark when a team of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria officials led by the Director of Cargo Development, Dr Rowland Ofulue paid him a courtesy visit at Dutse recently.
The governor said that the uncommon commitment and vision of Princess Oduah was responsible for the success being recorded in the sector, adding that the agro-commodities export initiative would yield economic benefits to the rural areas, which agricultural produce had only given back pittance to the local farmers in the past.
He also said that the initiative would help to provide employment opportunities,and thereby check the rural-urban migration among youths who hardly see agriculture as a profitable venture.
Dr Lamido said Jigawa State was willing to partner with the Ministry of Aviation to ensure the success of the initiative since the state was endowed with abundant agro-perishable commodities and that the state airport project, currently under construction, would be completed before the first quarter of 2014.
FAAN’s Director of Cargo Development, Dr. Ofulue who led the team, thanked the governor for his encouraging words, adding that the agro-commodities export initiative was driven by the Minster of Aviation to help turn Nigeria’s economy from an oil driven economy to a multi-faceted economy, driven by sources other than oil.
He also said that for FAAN, the initiative meant the diversification of the Authority’s sources of revenue, with greater emphasis on non-aeronautical sources.
The agro-perishable cargo export initiative is a policy of the Federal Government, contained in the Aviation Sector Master Plan, designed to use designated cargo airports in the country to export perishable cargo to different parts of the world. The initiative is expected to contribute substantially to the country’s Gross domestic Product (GDP).