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Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport set to be standardized as His Excellency, Gov. Uzodimma receives Captain Rabiu Yadudu, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)/Managing Director (MD) of FAAN

Gov. Hope Uzodimma asked Imo people to assist the leadership of the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on the standardization of the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri to enhance economic activity.

“I have always believed that the Aviation Sector must be encouraged to be run professionally. The industry is not what people think it is in terms of funding, the reason for government intervention. The issue of runway, perimeter fencing, aircraft parking lot, taxing way, security and insurance are indices that those who frequently fly take into consideration before buying tickets and not just having a good terminal building”, Gov. Uzodimma stated.

His Excellency, Gov. Uzodimma also added that as the Chairman of the 7th Senate Committee on Aviation, he played a key role in the development of a roadmap on the reform of the aviation industry.

“The Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport Owerri is commercially viable and attracts traffic. It has the potentials of doing better if more attention is paid in standardizing the existing infrastructure, including the insurance policy around the airport.

Since FAAN subscribes to the membership of all world bodies and is committed to submitting to the ethics of the industry in line with global practices, the leadership should also hope to reap the benefit.”

Further urging Capt. Yadudu to oblige Imo State Government with the Status Report on the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport that ought to define where the place is now in terms of what has been done so that the Government can be properly guided.

With this move Imo State will stand as a commercial Gateway for big markets in the South-east rather than an over dependence on other airports there by creating jobs and growing the states economy.

Hope New And Electronic Media Center 25/7/2020

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