The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State, Mr Ishola Adeyemi, has disclosed that the cost of constructing Bauchi International Airport has been increased by N3.3 billion.
The initial contract sum of N9.7 billion was jerked up to N13 billion following the inclusion of some vital facilities which were not considered earlier in the project, Adeyemi said.
Speaking when he conducted journalists on a tour of the project in Bauchi on Wednesday, the Bauchi governor’s spokesperson noted that the new facilities being added to the project were vital components of an airport.
He, however, said that when completed, the airport would be fifth in terms of modern facilities to the ones in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Lagos and Kano.
“It has the state-of-the-art facilities; it has the latest facilities in the aviation industry in the world, and for today, the runway we have here is 3.7 kilometers.
“The control tower is the latest you can think of in the world. At anytime and during any condition, planes can land and take off from here”, Adeyemi boasted.
On completion of the project, he said “what is left is just finishing touches; we have the international wing and domestic wing; that is how it is done in the world, everything is kept in the same place.
“We have fire-fighter trucks which are the latest in the industry and three indigenes of Bauchi have been trained by the manufacturer and they are back in the state.
“The international aviation authorities have given us go head to go into full day operations. No night operations yet because the lighting points are yet to be completed”, he added.
On the economic benefits of the project, Adeyemi said the airport would generate revenue for the state, create employment and serve as alternate cargo delivery point for Kano-based businessmen.