The Kogi State Government has sought the backing of the Federal Government towards the construction of an airport in the State.
The Governor, Mr. Yahaya Bello, on Tuesday sought the building of an airport in his State during a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
After the meeting, Bello told newsmen that he asked the president to ensure that Kogi got funds for the airport construction.
He also noted that he also discussed with the President, the need to dredge the River Niger up to Baro port.
According to him; “I paid a visit to the President to brief him about the confluence state, the development and challenges we are facing and also to convey a message from the people of Kogi state that the social bond between the government and the governed is still very strong.
“I informed the President that the youth of Kogi State are expressing their appreciation to the president over the various social
intervention programmes that are geared towards lifting the youth and women out of poverty.
“I also made a demand to the President that he should please ensure that the pronounced airport to be established in Kogi state be looked into when funds would be released, let Kogi be the first.
“I also drew the President’s attention to the dredging of River Niger from the high sea to Lokoja, up to Baro if actually we want the
economy of this country and of the North to prosper.
Furthermore, he hinted that the State government has launched a relief package worth N1.56 billion in a bid to cushion the effect of COVID-19 on Kogi residents.