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Tinubu to inaugurate aviation, agricultural projects in Minna



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President Bola Tinubu will on Monday inaugurate the renamed Minna International Airport, agro-processing zone, and agric equipment.

The airport is renamed Bola Ahmed Tinubu International Airport, Minna, by Gov. Umar Bago of Niger State on Friday.

National Daily Newspaper gathered that the airport was first inaugurated by former military Head of State Ibrahim Babangida on June 20, 1990.

About 2,000 hectares will be used for the agro-processing zone project: 1,000 hectares for drip irrigation and green houses, and 1,000 hectares for processing of dairy products.

“Niger State sells an average of half a million cattle to Nigerians and people outside Nigeria daily.

“We don’t need to transport these cattle by road.

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You can take the frozen meat from the airport anywhere, and it will create employment, enhance value chain.

“We are constructing about 140 kilometres of water irrigation channels to this place from Shiroro Dam.

This project is an ambitious 50-year programme, but the first phase will be finished in the next few years.

“We are bringing in 80 megawatts of power to this airport,” Bago said.

During the visit, Tinubu is expected to meet with the two former Heads of state, Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar ,National Daily Newspaper gathered.