Pomp as Obiano commissions Anambra Airport

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  • Pics(above and below): Anambra International Passenger and Cargo Airport’s arrival/departure hall, tarmac, runway and  control towers. Click for better view

It was pomp and pageantry in Anambra State, weekend, as the State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, went ahead and commissioned the state International Passenger and Cargo Airport, Umuleri, amidst frustration occasioned by the aviation regulatory authority, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), to approve the take-off of two commercial flights that were billed to land at the airport from Lagos and Abuja, respectively.

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Governor Willie Obiano while commissioning the project said: “I thank Buhari for approving this Airport, also Sirika for the oversight activities he did here, and also Nuhu of NCAA.

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“This airport has been certified and has met all needs for commercial purposes. Unfortunately, the flights that were fully booked for today, both from Abuja and Lagos could not come because the regulatory authorities said the commercial airlines that will operate here will need to have counters here before operations will start.

“The airlines that will operate in this airport include Air Peace, Ibom Air, Dana Air, United Nigeria Air and Anab Jets. They will have to set up their counters before flights will commence.

“The dreams we have nurtured for 30 years have come true today. We fought many battles to be here today, including COVID lockdowns. I have been assured by aviation experts that this is going to be the most viable airport in Nigeria.

“NCAA has, before now,  approved the landing of seven planes here. We need a man whose vision is greatly acclaimed, to take over the state and be able to steer the ship, and that man is Soludo. Our state is on the runway and we need a competent hand to pilot it, and with Soludo in the cockpit, our state is in safe hands, Obiano enthused.

It was gathered that the commissioning of the airport was not a tea party, as rumours went viral in the state that the commissioning of the project had been called off by the NCAA, purportedly engineered by the candidate of a political party who became jittery that the airport commissioning may garner voters for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and its candidate, Prof Chukwuma Soludo.

Also speaking at the event, the Former chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh, alluded to some sabotage in the landing of the already booked commercial flights.

He said: “Tickets had also been sold out since three days ago. If they are people who think they will lose the election if planes land here today, then they should know that whether plane lands or not, they have already lost the election. It shall be well with Anambra, let no one toy with our destiny. The best thing we can do for ourselves is for Soludo to succeed Obiano.

“We’re happy you (Obiano) never lowered the standard of APGA. You started well and have continued from where Obi stopped. You have served very well and the people are seeing what you are doing. Today’s commissioning of the airport is yet another of your dreams and you have brought it to fruition.

“In 1982, we tried it at Oba and it failed. The land had been taken over by erosion now. Obi wanted to do it (airport), he acquired this land and paid some compensation, and you came and paid in full the compensation and also went on to construct the airport.

“The two governors we have given you so far in APGA are the best. Soludo is coming and he is coming with his experience. I have no doubt that Soludo will win. It will be unfair for Anambra people not to vote APGA. This is the party that has never shied away from the development of Anambra, Umeh noted./SHARE THIS

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