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Aviation minister lauds pace of work at Asaba airport project

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 “the visionary leadership qualities”of Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan, said that the airport project was a worthwhile investment.

“Your 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,” he said.

“This is a good example of putting your money where your mouth belongs,” he added. The minister pledged the Federal Government’s support for the airport project.

“I 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,” he said. Omotoba said that he had also visited the Port Harcourt International Airport to inspect the implementation of the “Total Radar Coverage Project for Nigeria” at the airport.

“The Port Harcourt section of the Total Radar Coverage Project for Nigeria has been completed and we can see Asaba airport right from Port Harcourt,” 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.

“The Asaba airport, even though not completed, is already enjoying international recognition.  At a recent conference on aviation in Atlanta, U.S., it was one of the airports selected for the participants” attention,” he said.

Utuama commended Omotoba for ensuring that airport projects were duly completed, in line with President Umaru Yar”Adua’s seven-point agenda. Also speaking, Mr Uche Okpunor, the contractor handling the project, said the airport would be “completed in the first quarter of next year.”

The aviation minister inspected the 3.4-km runway of the airport and the VIP lounge. Omotoba also inspected the airport”s terminal building, control tower and fire service stations.


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