<<< By Terver Akase >>>
The Benue State Government and Aerotropolis Development Company Ltd have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, for the establishment of a cargo airport in Makurdi.
The agreement which is part of the Public -Private-Partnership of the Ortom administration, followed series of meetings between the Benue State Government and Aerotropolis Development Company.
The MOU stipulates that the concessioning period will be twenty five years with the cost of N37,898 billion, while the Benue State Government is to provide one thousand hectares of land in addition to N5,284,700 billion as equity contribution, representing 15% of the total cost of the project.
Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Michael Gusa signed on behalf of the State Government while the Legal Adviser to Aerotropolis Development Company, Barrister Comfort Chigbue, signed on the company’s behalf.
The State Government team also had the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Hon. Terwase Orbunde, Commissioner for Works, Transport and Energy, Emmanuel Manger, Commissioner for Finance, David Olofu, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof Dennis Ityavyar, Special Adviser on Lands, Prof Jonathan Uever, Special Adviser on Economic Investment, Dr Bem Melladu, Special Adviser on Development Cooperation, Dr Mrs Magdalene Dura and the Principal Private Secretary to the Governor, Mr Stephen Amase.
On the side of Aerotropolis Development Company were Dr Daniel Tarka, Dr Steve Bassen, Dr Aisha Lemu, Barrister Comfort Chigbue, Barrister Lara Adeoye and Mr Ike Onazi.
It will be recalled that Governor Samuel Ortom, while speaking recently on the planned Makurdi Airport, said when completed, the airport would add immense value to the economy of the state as it will open new frontiers of trade particularly exportation for the people of Benue and neighbouring states.