Delta State Deputy Governor, Prof Amos Utuama (SAN) has said that the non-completion of the Asaba International Airport as earlier proposed was not as a result of delay, but due to improvement of facilities to enable it function as both cargo and passenger airport.
Prof Utuama disclosed this while inspecting the airport in company of the Director, in charge of the airport, Mr. Austin Ayemidejor, and the Chairman of ULO Consultants, Chief Uche Okpuno who conducted the deputy governor round the project.
The Deputy Governor noted that the Asaba International Airport when completed is expected to compare favorably with any other airport of its capacity as the runway has been expanded to accommodate three arriving or departing planes simultaneously.
Prof Utuama emphasized that the changes were positive as it served the purpose of perfecting the project and meeting the demands of the Aviation Regulatory Authority and other International stakeholders in aviation industry.
Commenting on the job so far, the Chairman of ULO Consultants, Chief Uche Okpuno, pointed out that there is need for the increase of runway, the concuss, arrival, departure to meet the international standard of modern airports.
Chief Okpuno revealed that the project requires about N20 billion to complete adding that the initial cost of N7 billion was estimated before the State Governor’s visit and demanded that the Airport should be up graded to international standard. He said about 75 per cent of the job has been completed.
While commending the State Government for meeting up with their financial obligations in the project, the ULO Chairman stated that they are doing everything possible to deliver a standard airport and to deliver it before the end of this year.