Ebonyi airport runway 85 percent completed, Says commissioner

Ebonyi state government has said the rehabilitation of Chuba Okadigbo International Airport runway in the state was near completion.

The government said the rehabilitation work has reached 85%.

The state Commissioner for Airport Technology, Mrs. Ngozi Obichukwu, disclosed this to newsmen at the Airport.

She expressed the hope that the rehabilitation would be completed by next month end.

She noted that the state government was making serious arrangements to acquire its own airline for the Airport.

Obichukwu said: “Many have been asking questions, are we good to go? Are we able to deliver the road by May as we promised. With your eyes and your senses, you people have seen what we have done and the extent we have gone.

“His Excellency, the governor has made a promise and he has kept to the promise. He is so committed that he is not sparing any minute and the people that he engaged the contractors that won the bidding have been up and doing. They work even on Sundays and they have been up to expectations.

” To me , I am very happy. Happy with the IDI, with the engineers on site, happy with all the monitoring HODs and I want to say that I am fulfilled.

“Another thing is that by the grace of God, I said it yesterday when I got a call from the UK that a private jet wants to land here, I told him that they are free to land but we have a little challenge and what was that the runway has not been marked. When we mark the runway now, even Buoyen 43747 and whatever Buoyen can land here and taxi to the terminal way.

“So, we are not afraid and we are happy. I have told you to challenge us. Ebonyi State runway is the best in the country, bearing in mind that before the asphalting, we had a concrete background. We had a very solid concrete lay, courtesy of our former governor , Engineer David Nweze Umahi. He made it solid and the asphalting has added to that and I want to appreciate all the players here, most especially my dear governor, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Buld Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru. The kilometre is approximately 3.2.

“Because it is human done, we may not predict much but by estimation and by way of ensuring that what we did is correct, I will say about 50-80 years. This runway will still be what it is.

“Before the asphalting, we have started witnessing the coming in of flights and you know like I have said before, it is both human and cargo airport. We are good to go in terms of exporting our food. Ebonyi State is good with production.

“We can export our rice, we can export our garri and even our salt. We will package it in a way that is acceptable and pacakaged it out.

“We are at the centre of attraction as southeast is concerned. Those of them that are coming from Abia, Enugu, Anambra, Imo even part of Cross River will be landing here. Those of them that are travelling from outside will be landing here. It will not only be a beehive of activities, but an economic hub of the southeast because many people will benefit from here”, she stated.