AKWA Ibom State has called on the Federal Government to partner with her to make its new international airport on completion one of the best in the country and in Africa.
Governor Godswill Akpabio who made the call at the Government House, Uyo when the minister of aviation, Mr Babtunde Omotoba, paid him a courtesy visit, stressed that the airport falls among the government’s great investment to promote international tourism, improve economic well-being of the state and Nigeria and add value to the lives of the entire Gulf of Guinea.
He said:â€œWe want your ministry to partner with Akwa Ibom and make the airport one of the best in Africa. When it is finished, we shall raise revenue earning of our state, Nigeria and the whole Gulf of Guinea. We will promote our abundant tourism for international awareness.â€
Disclosing that the airport project was initiated by the previous government of the state, Akpabio commended ALCON, the new airport contractor for the great work so far accomplished at the site, adding thatÂ the first contractor abandoned the projectÂ for undisclosed reasons.
Akpabio invited the minister of aviation to be among the passengers to board the maiden flight of an international airliner to land in Akwa Ibom International Airport, Wednesday September 23, the eve of Akwa Ibom State 22nd anniversary, adding that Omotoba should name forÂ President Yarâ€™Adua the preferable day for official commissioning of the airport and relay it to him.
Earlier, the minister had confessed that his visit to Akwa Ibom State was a confirmation ofÂ what he hadÂ beenÂ reading in newspapers and magazines.