‘Arik’s Flight to Bauchi will Boost Tourism, Agri­cul­ture’

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Chinedu Eze

In its quest to con­nect ev­ery part of Nige­ria by air, Nige­ria’s ma­jor air­line, Arik Air has launched sched­ule flights to Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Bauchi, cap­i­tal of Bauchi state.

The gov­er­nor of the state, Al­haji Mo­hammed Abubakar said this would boost tourism, as his ad­min­is­tra­tion has started de­vel­op­ing tourism sites and des­ti­na­tions in dif­fer­ent parts of the state.

With the flight op­er­a­tions to the north east­ern city, Arik Air has pro­vided the peo­ple of the state a faster al­ter­na­tive to con­nect­ing other parts of the coun­try. It is hoped this would en­hance the busi­ness, ad­min­is­tra­tive and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties of the res­i­dents of the state who had yearned for reg­u­lar flight ser­vices to Bauchi.

An elated gov­er­nor Abubakar com­mended the air­line for com­menc­ing flights to the state and de­scribed Arik Air as an in­stru­ment to fur­ther fa­cil­i­tate tourism growth in the state.

The Gov­er­nor noted that there was no way tourism could be prop­erly de­vel­oped with­out hav­ing steady flights in the state, not­ing that tourism would be­come the main­stay of the stay, adding that with reg­u­lar flight to Bauchi, Arik would help to boost the tourism in­dus­try.

“Outrightly, the com­ing of Arik is a fan­tas­tic de­vel­op­ment in the right direc­tion and we as­sure Arik that we will col­lab­o­rate with Arik. I am very con­fi­dent that within short pe­riod of time, the des­ti­na­tion will be­come prof­itable.

“Other ar­eas that will be en­hanced in­clude agri­cul­ture for very ob­vi­ous rea­sons. We oc­cupy one-fifth of the to­tal land mass of Nige­ria in Bauchi state with over 80 per cent of Bauchi state prac­tices one form of agri­cul­ture or the other. We have too much cul­ti­vat­able land that is ly­ing fal­low so for our en­light­ened self- in­ter­est in ad­di­tion to all this we have a teem­ing pop­u­la­tion which we use to gain­fully em­ploy them”, the gov­er­nor said.

Fur­ther­more, he said that there is no min­eral known that does not ex­ist in one part of the state or the other, adding, that is why the state is try­ing to de­velop that as­pect in a sci­en­tific man­ner.

He also said the state has al­ready com­menced the build­ing of an 18-hole golf course in the game re­serve to bring it up it up at par with re­sorts all over the world.

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