The renewed seriousness in returning the moribund Asaba International Airport to effective usage has continued to attract stakeholders in the state.
Only weekend, the Asagba of Asaba, Obi Prof. Chike Edozien, visited the facility and hailed the determination of the current governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, for the ongoing works tailored at returning the airport to viability.
The monarch through his Council of Chiefs who went on an inspection tour of the airport marvelled at the level of work done at the airport.
In his comments, Godfrey Konwea who led the delegation said, “His Majesty, the Asagba who is currently on medical vacation asked us to inspect the airport”.
“This is a great job that we are seeing here; we thank His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for what is happening here.
“Asaba people are peaceful and patient but that does not mean that we are weak. We have witnessed three democratically elected Governors in our state; this administration has not received half of the money others received but he has done very well.”
“From what we have seen, the entire Asaba people and those residing in Asaba are grateful to Governor Okowa. We ask him to prepare for possibly, third term in office.”
Responding, the State Commissioner for Information, Patrick Ukah, thanked the Asagba-in-Council for taking time to inspect the projects being executed, noting that the governor has created new towns and cities with the provision of infrastructure.
During the visit, Special Project Director for the airport project, Hon. Austin Ayemidejor and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Fred Edafiogor took members of the Asagba-in-Council through the 3.4 kilometres runway, fire service station, VIP Lounge, Terminal Building, among others.
Business Hilights recalls that the facility had been under serious issues bordering on some structural defeats during the first construction, thus forcing the current governor to revoke some aspects of the jobs and announced another contractor who is working to place the airport where is supposed to belong in delivery specifications and standard.