by MSUE AZA,Kaduna
Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai yesterday said regular international flights and an inland container terminal would help Kaduna economy overcome the disadvantage of not being close to a seaport.
Speaking during the inauguration of Ethiopian Airlines flights from Kaduna, el-Rufai, expressed gratitude to all the stakeholders that made it possible.
Leading senior government officials at the celebration of the inaugural flight, el-Rufai,said the Federal Government trusted the state to host flights while Abuja Airport was closed, and that Ethiopian Airlines demonstrated confidence and solidarity by agreeing to Kaduna flights during the period.
The governor promised that the Kaduna State government will support Ethiopian Airlines to make the Kaduna-Addis Ababa flights successful.
In a symbolic mark of support, el-Rufai, personally led a team of state government officials to board the inaugural flight.
According to the Kaduna State government, “The Kaduna State Government welcomes with delight the commencement today, 1st August 2017, of regular international flights from the Kaduna International Airport. The government appreciates and recognizes the profound statement of confidence Ethiopian Airlines is demonstrating in the prospects and viability of Kaduna.
“The flight of Ethiopian Airlines from Kaduna to Addis Ababa today marks another step in the steady insertion of Kaduna into the global economy. With this direct flight from Kaduna, and the imminent start of operations at the inland container terminal, Kaduna is being upgraded to a port city despite its considerable distance from the nearest ocean. International travel for business people and the ability to export and import cargo with little hitch are being considerably enhanced.
“This is giving considerable boost to the state government’s strategy to anchor growth and development on attracting investments to create jobs, increase internally generated revenues and empower people. The investment strategy is receiving emphatic support with investment inflows above USD 300m in two years amidst two very successful investment summits.