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FG builds cargo terminal at Port Harcourt airport

By on September 26, 2013

The Federal Government is building a cargo terminal at the Port Harcourt International Airport to promote the exportation of agricultural produce in the country.

Mr Yakubu Dati, the General Manager (Cooperate Affairs), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

He said that the new terminal was different from the existing one, which was currently undergoing remodelling.

He said that the economic importance of Port Harcourt in efforts to develop agriculture in the country motivated the Federal Government to build an international cargo terminal in the area.

“We are starting a new terminal, which will be built from scratch, in addition to what we have.

“This shows the importance of Port Harcourt in the Federal Government’s plans and it also complements the fact that we want to open up an entry point for commerce and industry internationally.

“Although the Port Harcourt airport facilitates oil and gas exports, it is also strategic for the exportation of agricultural produce because of its location,” he said.

Dati stressed that the Port Harcourt airport was important to the Federal Government’s transformation agenda, saying that the first phase of the terminal’s remodelling project would be inaugurated soon.

He said that the cargo terminal would enable Nigeria to effectively export oil palm and other agricultural produce for wealth creation. (NAN)