The Federal Ministry of Transportation has said the Markudi Cargo Airport to be in line with the Civil Aviation Act 2006 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
This position was made known today by the Director of Safety and Technical Policy of the Ministry, Captain Talba Alkali while fielding questions from journalists in Makurdi during a Press Conference with investors, Benue State Government and the Federal Ministry of Transportation on the Makurdi Cargo Airport.
Captain Alkali explained that the Benue State Government has involved fully the Federal Ministry of Transportation in all activities relating to the airport which is the best way to go about such a project, unlike some states of the federation which involve the ministry after the site has already been developed.
The Director added that they were in Benue to inspect the project site for Joint Regulatory Permit and Approvals and gave assurance on the authenticity of the project
On the financial involvement of the Benue State Government in the project and the achievement history of the executing Consortium, the Chief Operations Officer of Cargopolis Development Consortium, Dr. Daniel Tarka informed newsmen that the State Government based on the PPP agreement would bear 15% cost of the construction but payable only at the completion of the project, stressing that at the moment, the government has only provided land.
Dr. Tarka further explained that as a Consortium, CDC has viable partners such as Sinohydro Engineering Company reputed as the largest hydropower company with a 50% share of International hydropower market as well as China Railway No. 3 Engineering Group (CR3) and JDZ Nigeria Limited with world class construction pedigree, urging the media to make findings on the work profile of the partners.
Speaking earlier, Chairman, Benue Economic Team and Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Dennis Ityavyar thanked the team of engineers and surveyors from the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency and collaborating agencies for their show of solidarity in the airport project, noting that the project was dear to the heart of the governor as Benue is already a big market for a cargo airport.
In his closing remarks, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Honourable Terwase Orbunde praised the journalists for attending the press conference saying with the elaborate details availed them, they would help in sensitizing the Benue public about the reality of the project and correct erroneous misconceptions earlier published.
Hon. Orbunde lauded the transparent nature of the Samuel Ortom administration, promising to carry journalists along in stages of the project.