By LAWANI MIKAIRU & DANIEL ETEGHE
The Imo State Government has indicated its interest to build an ultra-modern airport terminal through a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) agreement.
Disclosing this development during a press briefing at the Imo State Liaison office in Lagos, Special Assistant to the Imo State Governor, Lagos Liaison office, Hon. Lisa Chinwe said the administration of Governor Rochas Okorocha was poised towards developing Imo State through the construction of several projects including building a brand new airport terminal in the state.
According to her,”most of these projects that the government is intending to embark upon including the building of a brand new airport terminal in the state will be on the PPP agreement, so that is how they will be done.”
Hon. Chinwe further noted that when completed, the airport terminal would bring greater advancement in airport infrastructure and foster development in the state.
The intention of the Imo State Government is coming on the heels of renewed call by the Chairman of Bi-Courtney Group Limited, Dr. Olawale Babalakin for more Nigerian private investors to consider entering into the PPP agreement with the government in order to foster development in the aviation industry. Dr. Babalakin said; ”There will be greater advancement in airport infrastructure if more Nigerians toe the line of PPP arrangements such as that of Bi-Courtney.”
Enumerating the various laudable projects embarked upon by the Okorocha administration, Hon. Chinwe said; “Governor Okorocha is doing everything possible to make Imo State good in just one year in office. We are going to have what is called, Imo City in Lagos to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Imo State and by next month, we are going to start a free Igbo education centre here in the liaison office, whereby we can teach people Igbo language freely.
We are also going to have a Lagos Villa, it is an estate project that will afford Imo State citizens in Lagos the opportunity to have access to housing, also an insurance scheme will be put in place to assist those doing business in Lagos in the event of fire outbreak and other unpredicted disaster. We are poised towards assisting our businessmen in Lagos,” she stated.
According to her, the government was doing everything possible to make sure that all Imo citizens in Lagos were carried along.