Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, has pleaded with the Federal Government to assist in rehabilitating the state airport.
The governor stated this when members of the Senate Committee on Airforce paid him a courtesy visit at the State Government House.
Yahaya told his visitors that Gombe was the only state that shared boundaries with all five states in the North-East.
He also spoke on the condition of the Gombe international Airport which he said required the National Assembly’s intervention for upgrade to ensure smooth operational activities.
He said, “The Gombe International Airport came into being through a synergy between the Gombe State Government and the Federal Government on a 50-50 basis.
“Since the aviation agency charges a huge amount of money for maintenance and other sundry services, today, the state owes close to a billion naira.
“Gombe State Government requests the intervention of the Federal Government in clearing this backlog.”
He noted that the airport services were needed by the Nigerian Airforce as well as other security agencies, hence the need to partner in upgrading the airport.
The governor lauded the Senate committee for supporting the establishment and speedy take-off of the Combat Reconnaissance Group in the state.
No plane crashed in Lagos – FAAN, NEMA
Two government agencies, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and National Emergency Management Agency, have dismissed reports of a fresh plane crash in the Ikeja area of Lagos.
An internet user who saw a plane being towed away had sent the picture to the social media, concluding that it was the wreckage of a fresh plane crash in Lagos.
The aircraft, which had missing wings, was spotted on Ikeja-Agege road, causing gridlock along the route on Tuesday as the news went viral on the social media.
But FAAN in a terse statement posted on its social media handles, said Nigerians should disregard the news.
It stated, “The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria would like to inform the general public to disregard the news making the rounds on social media about an alleged crash at Ikeja Airport.
“The aircraft was sold by the owner to a buyer, who was taking it to its final destination.”
Also, Ibrahim Farinloye, the zonal coordinator, South-West, NEMA, said after due consultations with all critical stakeholders and tracking of all incoming and outgoing flights in Lagos, there was no plane.
An aviation analyst, Daniel Dikio, had also tweeted his observation of the viral video.
“It is an Airbus A319, hasn’t flown domestically in years. I can see traces of a green logo; it likely belonged to First Nation Airways in its time.
“The wings are separated cleanly; this wouldn’t happen in a crash. The separation is a sign of dismantling.
“There is no damage to the fuselage, almost impossible given the purported circumstances”, Dikio noted.
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The National Bureau of Statistics has said the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 3.11 per cent in the first quarter of 2022.
The NBS said this on Monday in its new Gross Domestic Product Report, showing the sixth consecutive quarter of positive growth.
It stated the first quarter 2022 growth rate further represented gradual economic stability due to strong growth posted by the non-oil sector.
Part of the report read, “The Q1 2022 growth rate was higher than the 0.51% growth rate recorded in Q1 2021 by 2.60% points and lower than 3.98% recorded in Q4 2021 by 0.88% points. “Nevertheless, quarter-on-quarter, real GDP grew at -14.66% in Q1 2022 compared to Q4 2021, reflecting a lower economic activity than the preceding quarter.
“In the quarter under review, aggregate GDP stood at N45,317,823.33 million in nominal terms.
“This performance is higher when compared to the first quarter of 2021, which recorded aggregate GDP of N40,014,482.74 million, indicating a year-on-year nominal growth rate of 13.25%.
“The nominal GDP growth rate in Q1 2022 was higher relative to the 12.25% growth recorded in the first quarter of 2021 and higher compared to the 13.11% growth recorded in the preceding quarter.”
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