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Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has revealed that the Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport, Umueri, would be completed and commissioned by mid-July for commercial operations.
The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Primus Odili, revealed this when he addressed newsmen in Awka, yesterday, on behalf of the governor he said: ‘By July this year, possibly mid-July, the airport will be officially commissioned. By this time, all facilities befitting of a modern international cargo and passenger airport must have been ready and in place. The airport portends good fortune for the entire South East region. The importance of the airport cannot be over-stressed as it would boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state, help traders transport their goods and services as well as a host of other benefits which can hardly be quantified.’
He said what happened on April 30 was not the official inauguration of the airport for public use, but a rather test run of the runway.
‘On Friday, April 30 this year, we organised a ceremony where we summoned Anambra people and friends of the state to the airport for a test run of the runway to ascertain whether it was fit for aircraft to land and takeoff. Test-run of facilities are series of routine checks before an airport is commissioned for public use. A lot of tests had taken place at the airport before the event of April 30; the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had carried out tests on the runway to ascertain its quality prior to the actual test-run of the airport.’
He said the inauguration of the cargo airport in Anambra would ensure all cargoes come directly into the state at a very reduced cost.
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