Oyo to improve Ibadan airport for economic development

Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has promised to transform infrastructures at the Ibadan Airport to complement the economic expansion policy of government.

The Governor made the promise when he received top management staff of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN,who came on a courtesy visit, at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Agodi, Secretariat, Ibadan.

Partnering with FAAN
Governor Makinde explained that there was need to partner with FAAN to ensure the expansion of the runway, provision of security and other procedures that would facilitate cargo operation and other modes of operation at the Ibadan Airport.

He expressed hope that from next year, pilgrims from the State would be airlifted at the Ibadan Airport.

Governor Makinde explained that the Airport was central to the State economy and could assist the State agricultural sector for required economic development.

The Governor said, ”I have made some promises about the airport. I promised  this year’s pilgrims that intending pilgrims will fly from the Ibadan Airport directly to the Holy Land from next year and I count on FAAN to make this promise achievable.”

Stressing the importance of the Ibadan Airport to the economy of the State,Governor Makinde promised to collaborate with FAAN to resolve the challenges facing the airport.

He said he had received a letter from the FAAN Management regarding some of the challenges confronting the Airport and promised to act on the letter.

Makinde declared that his administration was ready to put its money where its mouth is, to make things happen at the Airport.

We are also thinking of expanding the runway  to make it easy for bigger crafts to operate at the Airport, and I promise to partner with FAAN to make it happen.If the runway can be expanded then, having cargo aircraft schedule at the Airport would be facilitated,” he added.

Challenges
The Managing Director of FAAN, Captain Rabiu Yadudu, recounted some of the challenges confronting the Ibadan Airport and called for necessary support from the State government, while pledging to remain committed to its mandate.

He said the resolution of the challenges would not only enhance the operatios and service delivery of FAAN but also empower the airport economically and create opportunities for businesses to thrive in the State.

Yadudu further disclosed that a particular company – Maintenance and Repair Organisation for aircrafts, MRO, had shown interest in relocating from the Lagos Airport to Ibadan Airport.

He said the relocation of the company would boost the economy of the Airport once the challenges facing the airport were resolved.

While appreciating the people of the State for their cooperation and patronage since the past 37 years that the Airport was established, the Managing Director gave the assurance that the Ibadan Airport would continue to evolve in its procedures, processes, personnel and structures.

”The management of FAAN has been working consistently to improve the quality and capacity in all aspects of our service delivery which include our personnel and our structures, equipment and procedures.We will keep doing this towards achieving our mission and vision as professional airport operatos,” Yadudu added.

 

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