Ahead of the April 2021 proposed opening of Anambra International Cargo Airport, the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, has expressed confidence that the state is not in lack of the financial resources to complete the airport.
Speaking during his visit to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, Governor Obiano, also revealed that when completed, the airport will have the second-longest runway in Nigeria, after the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.
According to him, the airport is being built with the best available materials, with a guaranteed lifespan of one hundred years.
On why he embarked on the airport project, the Governor said the airport will help grow the economy of the state and its environs.
He said the airport is just a few kilometres from Onitsha town, the economic nerve centre of the South-East Region adding that it is strategically located and a worthwhile investment.
The governor noted that the construction of the airport has been guided by recommendations and guidelines of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) as it hopes to meet the best international standards.
On his part, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, commended the Anambra State government for embarking on the cargo airport project which he said will positively impact on the economic development of the state and the South East region as a whole.
He advised the Governor to sustain the ongoing collaboration with the regulatory authorities to ensure that all regulations and guidelines for the construction and operation of airports are met.