By Kenneth Ehigiator
MINNA â€” The ground-breaking ceremony of Niger Stateâ€™s $600 million airport city project comes up in Minna, Niger State tomorrow.
The ground-breaking, which would be performed by the governor, Babangida Aliyu, is to serve as an economic integration of the West and Central African sub-regions.
Head, External Relations, Maevis Nigeria Limited, the company co-ordinating the project, Mr. Femi Olumuyiwa, who disclosed this at a briefing in Lagos yesterday, said several overseasâ€™ companies have indicated interest to be part of the project.
According to him, such companies and shopping malls as Nokia and Harrolds have indicated interest to be part of the project, meant to be an export processing zone for West and Central Africa.
Olumuyiwa said the design of the project was being handled by one of the worldâ€™s leading engineering firms, Hover Rock in the United Kingdom.
He said though Niger State government was not providing any funds for the project, as it is its response to the federal governmentâ€™s public-private partnership (PPP) policy, it had, however, provided land for expansion of Minna Airport, which is the fulcrum of the project.
He said the state government had also promised to provide a second runway for the airport to enable it cope with the volume of traffic that would come with the project on completion.