Wednesday 19 June 2013

13 Airports to host cargo terminals

Aviation Nigeria

A total of 13 airports have been earmarked to host perishable cargo terminals. This was contained in a statement by the Coordinating General Manager of Aviation Parastatals, Mr. Yakubu Dati.

Yakubu Dati stated that: 

"At present, based on expression of interest from the private sector and State governments, the following cities have been prioritized to host perishable cargo terminals; Abuja, Akure, Calabar, Ilorin, Jalingo, Jos, Kano, Lagos, Makurdi, Minna, Owerri, Port Harcourt and Uyo."

He also added that these, airports which are in proximity to states which can be relied as food baskets will be developed with international standard perishable cargo facilities to enhance their operations.

State governments have also been encouraged to partner with the Federal government to revive smaller airports, particularly for taxi operations, tourism and cargo operations which could benefit domestic and regional economic development.

“This is to enable them key into the over N250 billion naira annual air freight export market out of Africa. Countries like Kenya, South Africa, Benin, Cote d’ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Egypt are participating in the trading in commodities such as fruits, fresh fish, vegetables and flowers while Nigeria, which produces these produce in abundance, records zero participation." It read.

Speaking on the decision Datti stated that provision would also be made to create the much needed storage infrastructure in view of the large volume involved and to facilitate the evacuation of agricultural produce to domestic markets, in conformity with international standards.

Dati pointed out that the European Union (EU) is the main market for African exporters, and accounts for more than 40% of total exports, followed by the US with 20%. Intra-regional trade represented only 8% of the total, with South Africa as the leading exporter to the region with 21% of the total.

He added that the development of Economic Free Trade and Export Processing Zones will be targeted alongside cargo airports and agro-allied industrial clusters, based on local opportunities and the state’s competitive and comparative advantage in agriculture production.

The Nigerian aviation sector is establishing closer co-operation with Federal Ministry of Agriculture and State Governments for concerted and strategic focus to this efforts” Datti stated


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