The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to restore civil flight operations in Makurdi.
The signing took place in Makurdi on Monday.
According to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN), the civil flight operations route will be Makurdi to Abuja to Lagos, then Lagos to Abuja to Makurdi.
The civil aviation activities, according to FAAN Director of Legal Dr Clifford Omozeghian, will serve as a catalyst for growth in Benue.
He committed to follow through on the terms of the memorandum, and that flying operations will restart in December.
Meanwhile, Air Marshal Ishaku Amao, the Chief of Air Staff, stated that signing the joint user agreement for civil flight operations is part of their Corporate Social Responsibility.
Amao, who was represented by the Air Officer Training and Operations, AVM James Gwani, said the Air Force has a strong connection with the Benue Government and people throughout the years.
Gov. Samuel Ortom also praised NAF and FAAN for allowing aviation operations in the state, stating that the poor state of Nigerian roads, combined with insecurity, had made air travel the safest mode of transportation in the country.
“I believe that with the restoration of air operations, things in the state will begin to change in a short period of time, and the state’s economy will improve as well.”
He stated that the NAF, in particular, had been of considerable assistance to the state, and that the command’s facilities, like as the hospital and the airport, had been of significant help to the people of the state.