The Ministry of Aviation has disclosed that the Wachakal Airstrip project in Nguru, Yobe State, initiated by the Federal Government of Nigeria, has reached 85 per cent completion.
The head of press and public affairs of the ministry, Odutayo Oluseyi disclosed that the permanent secretary of the ministry, Dr. Emmanuel Meribole revealed this during a recent test flight conducted on the airstrip by him and other ministry officials.
The representative of the permanent secretary and director of aerodrome development, Engr. Clement Awogbami stated that despite the challenges of inflation and limited resources, the Federal Government commenced the project approximately a year ago and has made significant progress. He attributed this achievement to the high level of commitment and concern for aviation sector reform.
According to the ministry’s director of aerodrome, the airstrip’s design includes Doppler very high-frequency Omni range (DVOR) equipment, which will guide aircraft during landings. However, due to the involvement of foreign manufacturing components, it will take some time to acquire the DVOR equipment, which will be installed as soon as it is delivered. “We anticipate the DVOR installation within the next three months. Once completed, the airstrip will be officially ready for use,” he said.
Highlighting the economic benefits of the project, he explained, “This project serves multiple purposes, including enhancing security surveillance, facilitating VIP movements, enabling medical evacuations in emergencies, and supporting agricultural activities. It is expected that once the project is ready and operational, it will significantly contribute to the country’s GDP”.
The Emir of Nguru, Alhaji Mustapha Ibn Mai Kyari, expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for undertaking this project. He emphasised that it would boost the economy of the community and reduce the unemployment rate among the youth.
The vice chairman of Karasuwa local government, Hassan Daliru extended his thanks to the former Senate President and the Federal Government for attracting development to the state. He commented, “A few years ago, this airstrip did not exist. However, through the efforts of the former Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan, we now have this project, which will soon be completed. We hope to witness further infrastructural development in our state”.