Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State on Wednesday inaugurated a daily flight for the Abuja-Bauchi route to be operated by the Value Jet airline.
Mohammed, who assured the safety of passengers while speaking at the inaugural flight held at Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport in Bauchi on Wednesday, said the resumption of the daily flights from Abuja to Bauchi marks a significant milestone in ongoing efforts by his administration to enhance transportation and facilitate the movement of goods and services for the economic development of the state.
According to the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, transportation is the lifeblood of any thriving economy.
Mohammed said, “As flights from Abuja to Bauchi play pivotal roles in connecting our state with the rest of the country.”
He reiterated his commitment to ensuring ease of doing business, security, and the safe movement of people and goods within the state.
He, however, welcomed the partnership between the state government and the partner airline, noting that the decision is a testament to the immense potential and opportunities that Bauchi offers while promising to ensure the profitability and smooth operation of the airline in the state.
“Our government has invested heavily in road networks, but we recognise that air travel is equally essential. Bauchi State International Airport, also known as the Abubakar Tafawa International Airport, serves not only Bauchi State but also the neighbouring states of Yobe, Jigawa, Gombe, and Adamawa. It boasts state-of-the-art facilities to ensure the effective operation of airlines.
“We are aware of the challenges facing the aviation industry, and we pledge to do everything in our power to make your business in Bauchi State not only profitable but also an opportunity to expand and thrive.
“To the airlines operating on this route, I call upon you to maintain the highest standards of professionalism, punctuality, and consistency. Building trust and confidence among passengers is essential for the success of your operations.”
Mohammed also used the medium to commend the regulatory agencies under the Federal Ministry of Aviation, for their support in maintaining Bauchi airport to global standards and best practices, while reiterating the government’s unwavering commitment to promoting ease of doing business.
He added that a well-functioning airport is vital for harnessing the tourism and investment opportunities in Bauchi and the northern part of the country.
However, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Value Jet Airline, Captain Dapo Majekodunmi, assured the governor of better services to the passengers in line with the partnership with the state government.