Imo Air: Imo Govt. Floats Airline, Says It Will Boost State’s Economy

Imo Govt. Floats New Airline, Says It Will Boost State's EconomyThe Imo state government has taken delivery of the first aircraft to kick start Nigeria’s first state-owned commercial airline named Imo Air.

It was a beehive of activities at Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport as top Imo state government functionaries as well as Imo indigenes gathered to witness the arrival and official launch of the first aircraft in the fleet of the new state government flight operator Imo Air.

At about 11:45AM the aircraft landed from Lagos as people waited anxiously at the tarmac – the first of the five aircraft expected to run the air business for the state government.

While addressing the anxious crowd, the Imo state Governor, Mr Rochas Okorocha, said the new Imo Air is part of the plans and programmes of the his administration to boost the economy of the state and also generate employment opportunity for unemployed youths in the state.

The Governor said Owerri, Imo state capital, being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and now with a new airline, will become visible on world map, hereby boosting the investment and tourism potential of the state.

The Governor, while fielding questions from journalists after the official launch, said Imo Air is in partnership with a Nigerian local flight operator which will manage and operate the flight for Imo state government.

He said that this is because most times governments do not do well in business and particularly maintaining an airline business.

Some dignitaries present at the event lauded the initiative of the Imo state government acknowledging its potential to address the shortfalls in air transport in the south-east region and Nigeria as a whole.

The government has promised that by April 2017, the remaining four aircraft will arrive the state.

The new airline is expected to ply Lagos, Abuja, Benin, Sokoto, and other major states in the federation.

Yobe Govt. To Construct First Cargo Airport In Northern Nigeria

Yobe, cargo airport, airport, NigeriaThe Yobe State government is set to award contract for the construction of the first ever cargo airport in northern Nigeria.

The state’s Commissioner for Works, Transport and Energy, Sirajo Wakil, revealed this on Monday in an interview with Channels Television in Damaturu, the Yobe State’s capital.

He said that the airport which would be for ticketing, cargo and located in the state’s capital, would facilitate the export of meat, dairy products, and gum Arabic among others which will be source of foreign exchange to the state.

Mr Wakil regretted that Yobe State was the only state among the 19 northern states of the country without an airport, hence the need for an outstanding one.

He affirmed that the state government had concluded plans for the award of the contract which according to him, would be the first of its kind in the Nigeria’s northern region.

The Commissioner also lamented the non-functioning of most airports in the north, saying they were constructed on the basis of ticketing which ordinarily according to him could sustain the survival of any airport.

He disclosed that regulatory agencies like the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Nigerian Meteorological Agency and the Ministry of Aviation had visited the state for the feasibility survey of the proposed airport and had certified the award of the contract.

Wakil assured the people of Yobe State that the Governor Ibrahim Geidam-led administration would complete all the ongoing road projects across the state despite the tough economic situation.

Ondo To Partner NEPC On Cocoa Production

OndoThe Ondo State government is set to partner with the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) in the area of processing and export of cocoa and some other agricultural commodities.

The Chief Executive Officer of the NEPC, Segun Awolowo (Junior), was in Ondo State to meet with Governor Olusegun Mimiko and the relevant stakeholders in the sector towards realising the said objective.

Speaking at the meeting on Wednesday, Governor Mimiko called for partnership with the Federal government and corporate organisations in improving the production of cocoa and other agricultural commodities.

He emphasised the need to complete and put to use, the Akure airport which is a cargo airport ‎in handling commodities for export.

Cocoa is Nigeria’s second largest export product and Ondo State in Nigeria’s southwest region and the largest cocoa producing state in the country.

Hence, there is need to improve on its production and export, especially at the period where there is a fall in the price of crude oil in the international market.

Al-makura Flags Off Nasarawa International Cargo Airport  

al-makuraGovernor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has flagged off the construction of a 17 billion naira international cargo airport in Lafia, the state capital.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Al-makura said when completed, the airport would open a new vista of economic activities, create employment for the teeming youths and boost the inflow of revenue into the coffers of the state.

The state government is expected to provide 25% of the amount while its Chinese partner will foot the remaining 75%.

Amosun Appeals To FG Over Abandoned Airport Project

amosunOgun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has revealed efforts by his government to prevail on the Federal Government to resuscitate the abandoned International Airport project initiated ten years ago.

The Governor was speaking at the site of the proposed airport located at Imosan village, Wasimi, in Ewekoro Local Government Area, which was one of the major projects across the state which he inspected in company of his cabinet members.

Amosun said that he had written a letter to the Federal Government to appeal and encourage it to complete the project, noting that since its benefits to the government and the people of the state are immense, government cannot afford to abandon it.

He maintained that though the project is purely a Federal Government sponsored project, the state government was ready to facilitate it so as to better the lots of its people.

According to the Governor, on assumption of office, records made available to him about the abandoned project initiated in 2005 as a conventional airport for cargo and international travels, show that it had been awarded and certain amount of money was being earmarked for its construction annually.

“The perimeter fencing had been done. It is 5 by 5 kilometre. The survey and design is in place, but for the way we are as a nation, it was stalled but at least we can physically see that the project does exist and we can only wish it gets to the advanced stage,” he added.

Speaking on the fate of the villages and communities in the area, Amosun stated that there are plans by his administration not just to relocate the villagers but to build new settlement areas that would be adorned with basic social amenities like schools, hospitals, potable water and electricity supply, among other things.