The Minister of Aviation, Mr Babatunde Omotoba, on Friday commended the Delta Government for the pace of work at the multi-billion naira Asaba International Airport project. The minister made the commendation when he paid an unscheduled visit to the project site in Asaba.
Omotoba, who also lauded â€œthe visionary leadership qualitiesâ€of Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan, said that the airport project was a worthwhile investment.
â€œYour governor is a visionary leader who has made the right decision by building an international airport in Asaba. I have gone through the work you have done up to date; I must tell you that I am very pleased,â€ he said.
â€œThis is a good example of putting your money where your mouth belongs,â€ he added. The minister pledged the Federal Governmentâ€™s support for the airport project.
â€œI want to assure the people of Delta that we are going to provide all the support that you need to deliver this dividend of democracy,â€ he said. Omotoba said that he had also visited the Port Harcourt International Airport to inspect the implementation of the â€œTotal Radar Coverage Project for Nigeriaâ€ at the airport.
â€œThe Port Harcourt section of the Total Radar Coverage Project for Nigeria has been completed and we can see Asaba airport right from Port Harcourt,â€ he said. Omotoba said that with the completion of the radar coverage project at Port Harcourt, every aircraft could be vectored to land safely. He said that the risks relating to mid-air collision of aircraft around the completed section of the radar project had been reduced to the zero level.
Earlier, the Deputy Governor of Delta, Prof. Amos Utuama, who conducted Omotoba around the project site, said that the airport project was already receiving international commendation.
â€œThe Asaba airport, even though not completed, is already enjoying international recognition.Â At a recent conference on aviation in Atlanta, U.S., it was one of the airports selected for the participantsâ€ attention,â€ he said.
Utuama commended Omotoba for ensuring that airport projects were duly completed, in line with President Umaru Yarâ€Aduaâ€™s seven-point agenda. Also speaking, Mr Uche Okpunor, the contractor handling the project, said the airport would be â€œcompleted in the first quarter of next year.â€
The aviation minister inspected the 3.4-km runway of the airport and the VIP lounge. Omotoba also inspected the airportâ€s terminal building, control tower and fire service stations.