Barely six days to handing over as Governor of Yobe State, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has approved over N6 billion for the upgrade of the design of Yobe International Cargo Airport.
According to media reports, the money would also be used to cater for the bill of quantity for the completion of the International Cargo Airport.
Gaidam approved the money at the State Executive Council meeting that held on Wednesday in Damaturu.
Speaking to newsmen after the meeting, Alhaji Mala Musti, State Commissioner of Information, said the monies approved were to ensure the deadline of May 30, 2019, fixed for the completion is done.
“This is in a bid to meet the deadline of May 30, 2019, for the final remittances of 2019 Hajj fares by the states pilgrims agencies, boards and commissions in Nigeria to NAHCON,” Musti said.
It could be recalled that in November 2018, Gaidam had set aside N4.2 billion for the completion of the international cargo airport.
Also in June 2018, the sum of N1.760 billion contract was awarded to United Aviation Services for the supply and installation of communication gadgets at the Damaturu International Cargo Airport under construction.
In 2017, Gaidam awarded the contract for the building of airport at N11.3 billion with 30 per cent mobilization fee paid to contractors. In January 2018, Governor Gaidam announced that the airport would be ready in January 2019 but later promised to complete the cargo airport with the commissioning slated for or before May 29, 2019.