The Ondo State Government has described as heartwarming the inclusion of
Akure Airport in the Federal Government status upgrade of four
airports in the country.
Addressing Government House Reporters in Akure, the Honourable
Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Yemi Olowolabi said the
approval of the Federal Executive Council to inject N6bn for the
acquisition of Information, Landing Systems For Four Airports in which
Akure Airport is a beneficiary gives credence to the untiring efforts of
the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN at
showcasing the investible potentials of Ondo State and his strategic
rapprochement with the Buhari-led administration.
Mr Olowolabi said since the inception of the Oluwarotimi Akeredolu
Administration in Ondo State several steps have been taken to attract
attention to the Akure Airport.
“Governor Akeredolu through patronage helped revived the moribound Lagos-Akure route and also activated Abuja-Akure route.
“It will interest you that both routes now operate daily flights to the state”, he said
The Commissioner stated that within the first one year in office of
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the attention he paid to the Akure
Airport brought about the collaboration between the State Government and
the Federal Airport Authority which led to the building of a Temporary
Terminal due to the encouraging traffic at the facility.
”The governor facilitated the coming of Air Peace Airlines to the state
which fly Lagos-Akure route and also encouraged Overland Airways on
Abuja- Akure route; both now operate daily to and fro the state capital.
”The friendly disposition of Arakunrin Akeredolu towards the Federal
Government under President Muhammadu Buhari is no doubt yielding
positive results for us in Ondo State” , the Commissioner said.
Mr. Olowolabi expressed optimism that the governor before the end of his
first term in office will totally change the fortunes of the state.
“And may I say, several things will come our way very soon, I pray our
eyes will see the movement of our Sunshine State to a vibrantly
productive state, he assured.
The Federal Executive Council at its weekly meeting presided over by
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo last week approved contracts totalling
N6bn for four different airports in the country.
Briefing newsmen on details of the approval, the Minister of State for
Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed that N2.588bn was approved for
aeronautical information system that would give accurate information,
including weather information, to pilots and other aviators.
He also said the council approved N1.188bn to upgrade the Murtala
Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe
International Airport, Abuja to Category III status.
The Minister added that the contract would include the provision of
Instrument Landing System for aircraft operations in harsh weather
He stated that N1.175bn was approved to upgrade the Akure and Benin airports to Category II status.
The contracts have completion period of 20 weeks.