By Edozie Obasi-Eze
The Nigerian Government has promised to ensure the completion of the ongoing construction of the Ebonyi State airport.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, gave his word on this on Thursday, in Abuja while receiving the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr Dave Umahi in his office.
Part of a statement issued by the spokesperson of the aviation ministry, James Odaudu, in this regard, read, “The minister gave the assurance that the Ministry of Aviation will do whatever is required to bring the project (Ebonyi airport) to fruition, considering the prospects for employment generation.”
Sirika described the Ebonyi State airport project as worthwhile and added that it would definitely open up the state to both domestic and international investments.
Sirika said Umahi’s decision to build the airport was one of courage and foresight, and opined that the airport was guaranteed to expose the state’s agricultural potentials to the international market.
He maintained that the Federal Government had since inception, embarked on creating an enabling environment for the expansion of the aviation industry in Nigeria, which he pointed out had been acknowledged by the global aviation community.
Earlier, Umahi briefed the minister on the progress of the airport project and assured that he remained committed to its successful completion, because of the expected benefits to the people of the state.
The Governor expressed the appreciation of Ebonyi State to the Federal Government for the encouragement and support in seeing the project to its present stage and assured Sirika that the airport when completed would meet all industry requirements.