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The Project Coordinator of the Sen. Chuba Okadigbo Airport, Onueke in Ebonyi State, Frank Ngwu, has maintained that contrary to the insinuations on social media, the airport is fully operational and not abandoned.
Mr. Ngwu made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria while reacting to insinuations on social media that the airport was non-operational and had been turned into a ‘motor park’.
Mr Ngwu said that it was the viability of the airport that made the Federal Government take over the facility with necessary processes in progress.
‘It is difficult to see a newly inaugurated airport in Nigeria recording the volume of passenger operations as ours.
‘It would have taken other airports more than six months to be operational but ours has gone full swing since it was test-run less than two months ago,’ he said.
The project coordinator revealed that flight activities are recorded daily at the airport as three aircraft conveyed passengers ‘to and from’ Abuja and Lagos, on Monday.
‘We however solicit patience from Nigerians because a journey of miles starts with a step.
‘We are deepening our passenger base with the commercial flight aspect steadily undergoing development.
‘We have signed several Memoranda of Understanding with corporate organisations to boost our commercial flight and cargo operations and the dividends would start yielding soon,’ he said.
He described the insinuations as ‘fabricated figments’ of people who are still awed that Ebonyi will have an airport of such standard.
A reporter who visited the scene stated that the atmosphere was serene with staff attending to the needs of passengers.
The environment was neat, facilities well maintained though flight activities went on a low scale.
A staff of the airport, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, expressed optimism that it would soon compete with others across the country on flight operations.