Jigawa guber candidate vows to sell airport if elected

Farouk Aliyu

A former member of the House of Representatives, Farouk Aliyu, has vowed to sell the Dutse Airport in Jigawa State, if elected governor, saying the state has no need for the facility.

Mr. Aliyu, who represented Birnin Kudu Constituency, and is now vying to become governor on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, said this on Sunday in Bauchi State.

“If I become the governor, if I have my way, I will sell the airport of Jigawa State, because we don’t need it, absolutely we don’t need an airport there.

“Anybody who is interested in the airport will be welcome to pay Jigawa State Government and take over the airport and use it.

“Even in Kano, I remember in those days, everybody flies from Kano, there are now few flights from Kano,” he said.
Mr. Aliyu, who was part of Integrity Group in the House of Representatives, an alliance that went to court to ensure that President Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in as President when late President Umaru Yar’Adua became incapacitated, cautioned against what he described as unnecessary criticisms of Mr. Jonathan.

“This is a country where you see Northerners in droves moving to the Southern part of the country seeking for livelihood.

“They go there to be sugar cane sellers, security men, to be `Okada boys’ (commercial motorcycle riders) yet our governors are doing little to boost employment through agriculture.

“Enhancing agriculture will ensure that people go to farms instead of being involved in social vices.

“What we need in Dutse is enhanced agriculture, make sure our people go to school, make sure there is drinking water, provide hospitals that work and enhance security among others,” Mr. Aliyu said.



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  • Herbert

    Dont give this guy the opportunity to lead Jigawa… His thinking is way too outdated.

  • Otile

    This man is an aberration. How does he expect to win votes with this lunatic idea of closing airports telling voters that they don’t need planes and what they stand for? His next action will be closing schools and converting them to prisons. Where does he think Jigawa is, a caliphate in Afganistan? Ubanijigi, boko ba haram, gaskiya ne.

    • Igbo Mandate

      You call him lunatic.You are very wrong. I think the guy is talking sense. He has the type of modern ideas that will lift Nigeria. Nigeria need more of him. You do not build an airport just to say you have an airport in your state. If the airport is underutiliised, if it does not make economic sense, get rid of it. The gigantism of successive Northern leaders and the borrowing that came with it had put Nigeria into trouble before till Okonjo Iwela sanitised the system and returned Nigeria to the path of growth. People need to focus in areas where they have competitive advantage. For the north, with its vast land mass, it is agriculture.

      • Otile

        I don’t agree with you, sir. Supply creates demand. Make this country great, create opportunities entrepreneurs will buy planes to meet business demands and there will be need for more airports in every city as it is in industrialized societies. Don’t limit intelligent people to narrow thinking, let people think big and man will be lifted from the shackles and manacles of poverty and disease.

        This aspiring governor should be banned from politics. He is bound to set the good people of Jigawa back, mutum wanan ba kau.

    • Dan Fulani

      Young man if all Govs do not have Airports in their States but travel by road like you and I Nig roads would not have been as bad as they are today.

      • Otile

        The governors often fly in helicopters that do not need airports. So they have no use for airdromes. Besides, we are in the 21st century. Thanks but no thanks, omo Fulani.

    • Adson

      The aberration is that he spoke like a true minded being unlike many of our people. The only thing I may say here is, I hope it’s not the usual campaign statements that make no sense immediately the assumption of power.

      • Otile

        As you already know, he is saying what people want to here. But if he knows what he is doing the first thing he aught to do when elected is to improve every aspect of healthcare and transportation including airports for igirigi fikifiki.

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  • Dandaman

    Cross River will defect to APC
    Delta may defect to APC
    after that Bayelsa and Rivers will follow the same path