The Bauchi State Government has handed over the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport to the Federal Government for effective management and economic development of the State.
It was handed over to the Federal Government through the Airport Authority of Nigeria.
The PUNCH reported that the Airport was built in 2013 by the Isa Yuguda administration and had been managed by the Bauchi State Government.
Speaking at the official handover on Tuesday at the VIP 9, the Managing Director of FAAN, Kabir Muhammad told journalists that the government has agreed to handover the facility to the Federal Government.
“Before now, the Airport has been jointly operated by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria and Bauchi Government. In a most recent discussions looking at how to optimally use the Airport, the Bauchi Government graciously accepted to cede the operation of the airport to FAAN, not because they cannot operate it.
“But they believe that handing it over to the federal government will open the state to more opportunities,” he said.
Muhammad said, Bauchi and other states in the North-East would benefit more from the new arrangement.
He said, ‘’ the Federal Executive Council has approved some substantial amount of money as a refund to the Bauchi government. ‘’
“It may not certainly be the amount of money the Bauchi State spent on the Airport. But I know it is a sizable amount to be used for other projects.”
Bauchi State Deputy Governor, Auwal Jatau, said that the Airport was officially adopted by FAAN in May this year noting that the Agency’s MD and his team were in Bauchi for the ceremonial part of the agreement.
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