Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Chief of Staff of the Anambra State Government, Mr. Primus Ugochukwu Odili, says Anambra International Passenger and Cargo Airport will be commissioned in July this year.
Odili said contrary to the negative propaganda on the social media that the airport was commissioned on 30th April this year, what happened was a test-run of the runway to ascertain whether it was fit enough for aircraft to land and take off.
Odili who stated this while engaging a select journalists in Awka on what the airport portends for the entire southeast region, maintained that test-run of facilities are series of routine checks before an airport is commissioned for public use.
He further disclosed that a lot of tests had taken place at the airport before the event of April 30th; and that the NCAA had carried out tests on the runway to ascertain its quality prior to the actual test-run of the airport.
The Chief of Staff therefore noted that the importance of the airport could not be overstressed as it would boost the Internally-Generated Revenue of the state, help traders from the state transport their goods and services as well as a host of other benefits which he said could not be quantified in monetary terms.
According to him, the economic value of the airport was too numerous to mention because he believed that Onitsha Main Market acclaimed to be the largest market in West Africa was the final destination for cargoes from Lagos, Rivers, Cross River and some others.
The Chief of Staff emphasized that with the existence of a cargo airport in Anambra state, all the cargoes would come in directly into the state at very reduced cost.
Although he said he would not want to delve into the politics of the age-long Onitsha sea port, he maintained that the International Cargo and Passenger Airport at Umueri was a viable option for Ndi-Anambra which he said Governor Willie Obiano made possible.
Odili said second term for most governors was a time for them to steal and syphon public money but Governor Willie Obiano has persistently pursued the completion of the airport and saw to its fruition, adding that a 12000 capacity International Conference Centre, a FIFA Standard Stadium in Awka and other legacy projects would be delivered to Ndi-Anambra in the next couple of months.