FG Grants Edo State Tentative Approval For Airport In Auchi
...We Are Committed To Making Project A Reality– Obaseki
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki,has disclosed that the Federal Government has granted the state tentative approval for the Auchi Airport project.
This is just as he assured that the state government is committed to the development of a new airport in Auchi, Edo North Senatorial District.
Obaseki disclosed this while briefing journalists at the weekend in Auchi.
He added that the government is working with aviation professionals and experts to finalise the survey of the airport project.
“The charting of the airport is already ongoing to ensure the safety measures required for an approval of the airport project as safety is the main consideration. We want to make sure that the approaches for landing into the airport runway are clear and safe for landing and will not endanger the aircraft.
“These are the final reports and studies that are being conducted and as soon as we get final approval, we will do the ground breaking and commence construction of the Auchi Airport.”
On the neccesity of the new airport in Edo North, considering the fact the state already has one, Obaseki said, “This is not a political project. Between Benin City and Abuja on this axis, which is more than 600 km, there is no airport.”
“From the transportation standpoint, it makes a lot of commercial sense to have an airport in Edo North. More importantly, there are emerging businesses, particularly in the areas of mining and academia. There are two cement companies producing over 6 million tonnes of cement in this axis. There are a lot of activities to support an airport in this area,” he said.