The first thing that will come to the mind of every reader is “what a very brilliant idea”. However, same reader would definitely be heart broken when he goes down to read that the state intends to build two airports. Yes two, you read correctly. Now at this point one will wonder why the government came up with such a laughable idea. Yes it is laughable because the government brought up a good idea of an airport for the state but then used same hand to spoil the whole aim by the idea of having two airports in the state all at once.
Looking at the meagre resources of the state, i believe it is ill-timed to conceive having two airports which will be of less or no benefit to the state but instead may plunge the state into some sort of difficulties.
In trying to defend the need of having one airport, the government believes that it will boost economic activities in the state because people would like to move closer to the city to enable them carry on commercial activities and so also, the government believed that with two airports, investors would be attracted to the state as the second airport would be a cargo airport that will enable investors and business people bring in their goods directly to carry out exploration and business activities without hardship,(which i don’t reason with the idea).
I honestly do not see the feasibility of having two airports in a state that is managing to stand on its feet. There are areas in the state that need immediate attention from government that will eventually attract investors to the state even before having an airport and such areas include basic social amenities, upgrading hospitals, boosting commercial activities, building of roads, provide adequate security, portable water etc, when the state is developed to that extent, then we can now welcome the idea of two airports, meanwhile without these in place, i must admit that this is a case of misplaced priorities.
Commercial cities like Lagos, Kano, Portharcourt, Abuja etc that have been in existence before the birth of Nasarawa state are striving very hard to maintain single airport each and then our dear baby state is coming up with an unrealisable dream of having two all at once. This is absurd as far as I’m concerned.
Words of advice to His Excellency the Governor of our dear Nasarawa state is that he should drop the idea of having two airports and focus on the good work he has started, use the resources to improve health services, security, agriculture and basic social amenities in the state which when these have been put in place, investors would gladly come to the state willingly to help improve in its economy especially by helping us to tap and explore the abundant mineral resources we have in our dear state.
Ismat Abdul lives in Nasarawa state. U can get more info from ha via @rukey_tj86