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The Joint Committee on Aviation of the National Assembly has praised Governor Willie Obiano for the level of work at the ongoing Cargo International Airport at Umueri in Anambra East Local Government Area.
Among the Members of the Committee who visisited the airport project site on Saturday are, Senator Smart Adeyemi, Chief Nnolim Nnaji, Senator Uche Ekwunife, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and Chief Chinedu Obidigwe, and others visited the airport for inspection with Governor Willie Obiano and his wife Dr. Ebelechukwu.
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On arrival, it was gathered that the tower is ninety percent completed, the apron is completed, the runway is ninety-seven percent completed, while the terminal building is ninety-seven percent completed, as well as the taxiways which is ninety-seven percent completed.
While pointing out that aviation is key to socio-economic development, as such requires special attention, Chairman Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Smart Adeyemi, expressed optimism that the airport will become one of the best in Nigeria.
He observed that the mixture of materials, the height of the tower, and other fixtures are of the standard, adding that it will accelerate the development of the region and country.
He advised that Governor Obiano as well as whoever will succeed him, should endeavor to harness the rich potential of Ndi Anambra and make the airport viable especially through importation and exportation of goods and services.
The Chairman Aviation Committee in the House of Representatives, Chief Nnolim Nnaji who said that critical aspects of the airport are almost ready for takeoff, assured that they will assist the state government to achieve the vision of making the airport functional, expressing optimism that the airport will become viable, being the largest airport in Nigeria, after Lagos State.
Responding, Governor Obiano emphasized that no money was borrowed for the project, adding that equipment for the tower has been paid for and will soon arrive at the State.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Works, Mr. Marcel Ifejiofor explained that the airport has being designed in a way that it can take any plane in the world.
Also speaking, the Senator representing Anambra Central, Mrs. Uche Ekwunife, while commending the Works Commissioner and team, said that the airport project is worth commending, describing it as a viable and legacy project.
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