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Ibom International Airport MRO to begin operations

By News Express on 20/09/2018

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•Akwa Ibom International Airport
•Akwa Ibom International Airport

Akwa Ibom State government has reiterated its readiness to ensuring that the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Unit of Ibom International Airport is made functional for enhancement of aviation services in the country.

The State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, stated this while receiving a report of Assessment of the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility of the Ibom International Airport from former Governor of the state, Obong Victor Attah at Government House, Uyo.

He lauded Obong Attah for his vision in establishing the Ibom International Airport alongside a world-class MRO facility, which according to him, is the first of its kind in the West African sub-region and Africa as a whole.

Governor Emmanuel commended Obong Attah for his resilience in ensuring that the facility is fully operational, saying that he has gone a step further to contacting leading aviation management companies to ensure that they bring their services to bear in the operations of the MRO facility.

Mr Emmanuel who said that the facility which is seventy per cent completed would commence services as soon as the state government reaches agreement with a willing operator of the facility, explained that the state government is prepared to partner with the federal government on its proposed National Carrier services even on a good concession.

"We are willing as a state to give a whole lot of concession to whoever will come in, in terms of equity, sharing, and we can also forgo our goodwill probably because of what we've invested in the project so far."

The Governor said that the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar during his last visit had given assurance of partnership for the maintenance of aircraft in its fleet and expressed optimism that the Air Marshal will make good his promise.

"We want that assurance that at least the regional flight here, all those aircraft will be maintained here because this is one asset that activity must bring revenue and revenue is what will bring sustenance and return of whatsoever investment that we are making." he stated.

Earlier, Governor Attah who spoke on the viability of the MRO facility described it as revenue earning and employment generation venture embarked upon by the state government and urged the state administration to expedite action on the completion of the facility as well as selection of Operator.

He explained that the acquisition of Aircraft by the federal government and private operators has expanded the aviation industry thereby making it viable for the MRO services.

The former Governor regretted the absence of major MRO facility in Airports in the West and Central African region, pointing out that the situation has skyrocketed the cost of maintaining aircraft in the region.

Dispelling media report of no feasibility study on the project, Obong Attah said feasibility study had been undertaken and reviewed before the then Minister of Aviation encouraged the state to build the MRO to provide services to Airline operators.

He said the report has provided suggestions on the way forward for the management of the MRO facility.

On Obong Attah's delegation were the Chairman of Ibom International Airport Development Company, Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga, former Ibom International Airport Project Coordinator, Engr. Ime Ekanem, Consultant on the Airport Project, Captain Mfon Udom, Board Members of the Ibom Airport Development Company including Mr Nsima Uwak, Rt. Hon. Peter Linus Umoh and Distinguished Senator Anietie Okon.

 

Source News Express

Posted 20/09/2018 04:58:31 AM

 

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