Highlight

Pres. Tinubu inaugurates remodelled international airport, Minna, renamed after him

636

The President on Monday inaugurated the remodeled domestic terminal of the Dr. Abubakar Imam International Airport in Minna, Niger State, which is now known as the Bola Ahmed Tinubu International Airport.

The Niger State Government had at the weekend announced the renaming of the facility and listed the remodelling of the terminal as one of the projects that President Tinubu will inaugurate.

Tinubu, at the occasion, appealed to the 36 state governors to fight collectively to banish hunger from the country, reports Persecondnews.

He also called on the governors to provide land for herders to graze as part of efforts to stop the frequent clashes between herders and farmers across the country.

“If this is done, it will be a thing of the past and put a stop to frequent loss of lives and farm produce,” Tinubu said while also flagging off the state’s agricultural mechanization revolution for food security.

“You must care for our people and re-orientate our farming population, including our livestock programme. I don’t see why Nigeria cannot feed all the pupils in our schools with one pint of milk daily if our dairy system is well harnessed.

“I know what it means as an economic sabotage for roaming cows to eat up the crops and vegetation of our lands; it could be painful, but when we re-orientate the herders and make provision for cattle rearing, the problems will be solved.

“The governors should provide the lands, and I, as the President, am committed to giving you a comprehensive programme that will solve this problem towards banishing hunger from the land,” Tinubu said.

The president said he has taken up challenges facing the country and that it is not in his character to make complaints on the job.

“When you read papers, some of us are confused about whether to abuse the present or the past or make excuses for the future. Not in my dictionary. Take action now, do your best, re-engineer the finances of the country, and stay ahead on the right path.

“Those who may be complaining now will have to understand that only the persevered and consistency can make a nation buoyant,” Tinubu said.

He reassured that the student loan programme will commence and that there will be unemployment benefits for the graduates, adding that the social security programme for the elderly and vulnerable will also commence.

“We are fine-tuning all these areas. We will relieve people of hunger. If all of you, have been paying the wage award pending the determination of the new salary wage, let all the states start paying the wage award. For whatever they are taking now plus the wage award, it would relieve the public.

“Please, I am not giving an order, I am appealing to you to start paying the wage awards, let everyone start paying them. It is a relief to the people.

“The mechanism is that it won’t be inflationary. If we do the new minimum wage, they would have gotten used to it,” he also said.

In his welcome address, Gov. Umar Bago, said agriculture is key to his administration’s commitment to addressing the challenges in critical sectors of the economy.

“We shall seize every opportunity for the attainment of growth and engender prosperity for the people of our beloved state and, by extension, our dear country, Nigeria.”.

“On the remodelled airport named after the President, the airport was once in a state of comatose with failed runway, a dilapidated terminal building, the absence of fire and safety equipment, and a runway lighting system.

“The domestic terminal, which had been under construction for over a decade, was abandoned, and as a government, we couldn’t fold our arms and allow the ugly picture it creates in the minds of visitors to subsist.

“Hence, in recognition of the importance of this critical infrastructure, the state government took responsibility for its completion, and today, I am proud to announce that the Minna International Airport has been completed and renamed Bola Ahmed Tinubu International Airport, which you just graciously commissioned.”.

Dignitaries who attended the airport inauguration included governors of Niger, Kogi, Lagos, Benue, and Kwara States, ministers, and National Assembly members.

Persecondnews recalls that in January 2024, no fewer than 60,000 lives were lost as a result of farmer/herder clashes in the country, according to the Nextier SPD Policy Weekly report.

It stated: “Farmer-herder clashes have led to the loss of over 60,000 lives. The Middle Belt or most parts of the North Central region are major theatres of this insecurity, especially the farmer-herder conflicts.

“Generally, the declining security situation did not correspond with the massive outlay of public expenditure in the sector.”

 

Leave a comment

Related Articles

Defence Minister Urges Youth Council To Join Fight Against Oil Theft

The Minister of Defence, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, has called on the National...

NNPC Ltd. Chief advocates Special Court for Crude Oil Theft, Pipeline Vandalism

“Together, we can ensure that the benefits of our natural resources are...

WCQ: NFF Set To Hire Foreign Technical Adviser For Super Eagles

In a bid to salvage Nigeria’s 2026 World Cup aspiration, the Executive...

Eid-el-Kabir: Kano Police prohibits Durbar celebrations for security reasons

Ahead of Eid-el-Kabir, the Kano State Police Command has banned all Durbar...

Federal court insists it has jurisdiction to hear deposed Emir Bayero’s rights violation suit

The Federal High Court in Kano has affirmed its jurisdiction to hear...

Messi to miss Olympics but leaves door open for 2026 World Cup

Eight-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has disclosed that he will not...

Just in: Supreme Court reserves judgment in FG’s suit seeking full local govt. autonomy

The Supreme Court has reserved judgment in the Federal Government’s suit against...

FG warns of massive layoffs as labor disagrees on N62,000 minimum wage

The Federal Government has asked organized labor to take into account the...

CNG now available for purchase for cars, trucks, says Soneye

Barely a month after deploying Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) delivery installations in...

Soludo cautions Pres. Tinubu against unsustainable minimum wage

The Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has cautioned President Bola Tinubu...

Democracy Day: I didn’t fall, I prostrated for our country attaining Silver Jubilee—Tinubu

President Bola Tinubu has downplayed the momentary slip during the presidential parade...

Power supply: Ogun set to acquire abandoned River Basin Development Authority’s hydro power plant

Ogun Gov. Dapo Abiodun has expressed interest in acquiring the abandoned hydro...

June 12: Ogun Gov. Abiodun pays homage to Abiola’s family, urges national perseverance

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has urged Nigerians to remain committed...

Democracy Day: Give Nigerian workers living wage, group urges Tinubu

As Nigerians commemorate 25 years of unbroken democracy, a socio-political group, the...

Presidential aide shrugs off Tinubu’s slip at Eagles Square as minor mishap

President Bola Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Social Media, Mr. Dada Olusegun, has...

Pres. Tinubu lauds, acknowledges Nigerian media’s contributions to democracy

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has acknowledged the significant contributions of the media...

Democracy Day: Tinubu promises swift action on minimum wage legislation, hails heroes, heroines of June 12

…pays glowing tributes to MKO Abiola, Kudirat Abiola, Yar’Adua, Rewane, and other...

Democracy Day: Pres.Tinubu to address Nigerians on Wednesday

President Bola Tinubu will deliver a special Democracy Day address to the...

Nigeria’s 25 years of democracy: Ex. Pres. Jonathan calls for inclusive democracy, national unity

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged Nigerians to adopt democratic practices that...

Court didn’t declare Amaewhule, 26 defected assemblymen PDP members, Rivers AG clarifies

The Rivers State Government has clarified that the State High Court did...