ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, has said his government is committed to the development of a new airport in Auchi.
He said this will commence after it got tentative approval from the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Governor Obaseki stated this while briefing journalists in Auchi, noting that the government was working with aviation experts to finalize the survey of the airport project.
He said: “The charting of the airport is already ongoing to ensure the safety measures required for approval of the airport project as safety is the main consideration.
“We want to make sure that the approaches for landing on 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 break ground and commence construction of the Auchi Airport.”
Speaking further, he added that: “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 six million tonnes of cement on this axis. There are a lot of activities to support an airport in this area.”