Ododo set to upgrade Adogo airstrip to cargo airport

Kogi state governor, Ahmed Usman Ododo, has announced plans by the state government to upgrade the Adogo airstrip to an international cargo airport after over 20 years of abandonment.

Governor Ododo disclosed this on Thursday when he met with the management of the China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC) led by the Managing Director, David Wang at government house in Lokoja.

The cargo airport which will be executed on a public-private partnership model by the Kogi state government and the  CCECC is to begin with a feasibility study and consultation with stakeholders in a few weeks from now after which a project implementation committee will be constituted to see to the completion of the project.

Governor Ododo told the CCECC team that the Adogo cargo airport project was of critical importance to the economic development of the state. 

He stressed that Kogi state was endowed with huge agricultural potential and large mineral deposits in commercial quantities that required a viable means of air transportation to be connected to markets within and outside Nigeria.

The governor expressed optimism that the completion of the proposed cargo airport in Adogo was a strategic project that would further advance the economic development agenda of his administration by linking Kogi state to gateways of economic activities through intermodal transportation system like the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja and the Warri-Itakpe-Abuja rail line when fully completed.

Ododo further noted that ongoing road projects including feeder roads in rural communities which were bearers of key agricultural and mineral resources would find true expression in economic viability when connected to the proposed cargo airport in the state.

In his response, the Managing Director of CCECC, David Wang assured Governor Ododo of his commitment to deliver on the proposed project as soon as the feasibility study and other assessments and consultations required were completed by the government.