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FG Isn’t Financing Anambra Int’l Airport Project – Don Adinuba

Don Adinuba

Don Adinuba

Anambra State government has come out to say that the on-going Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport project is not financed by the Federal Government.

This is coming after the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika said that the project, located at Umueri community in Anambra East Local Government Area of the state, is among 10 airports in the country being built by the FG.

Reacting, the state Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba has said that even if FG appreciated the need for an airport in Anambra, the project is solely financed by the state government.

He added that Sirika should know that it is compulsory to state key facts about the on-going airport development in the state for purposes of historical accuracy.

His words, “The Federal Government is not building any airport in Anambra State, The project which is one of the two biggest airports in Nigeria, with its runway covering 3.7 kilometres long and its control tower made up of 11 storeys, the tallest in Nigeria, the project is solely the brainchild of the state government”.

“The airport which will be ready for commissioning in April, this year, is the most modern in Nigeria, designed to revolutionize commerce in Nigeria, particularly export and import business. Anambra people are easily the greatest importers in West Africa, and the people have 63 major markets, including the famous Onitsha Market, the biggest open market in West Africa. Modern and big as Anambra State International and Passenger Airport is, the state government is building it without a loan from any financial institution anywhere in the world.”

The other mega projects being executed by the state government without credit facilities from any financial institution include the International Conference Centre in Awka, with 10,000 – sitting capacity, the largest in Africa, and the Awka City Stadium”.

“However, the Federal Government has been very cooperative in developing the airport. The state government, for instance, has been working closely with the Federal Civil Aviation Authority, FAAN and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA to actualize the gigantic project”.

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