Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has introduced the take off of the Akwa Ibom State owned new airline firm.
The governor who disclosed this, weekend through the annual state Christmas carol, on the theme, “Let the folks say Amen,” stated that this would be the first state authorities owned airline in Africa and prepared for business scheduled flights.
Vanguard gathered that the airline presently has a fleet of three plane, however service will start with two aircrafts which have already been branded in Canada and can land in Uyo, the state capital by the tip of the 12 months, whereas the third plane will be a part of the fleet by February 2019.
“Our state owned and run Obong Victor Attah Worldwide Airport has a Class 2 runaway and work is on-going on the second taxiway. To make sure that our state stays the vacation spot of selection for international buyers, we’re launching Ibom Air, our wholly owned airline that can reduce the issues presently being encountered by our quite a few air travellers,” he stated.
The governor, who used the event to reel out his achievements since 2015, stated that his administration had carried out creditably in all sectors, particularly within the areas of rural electrification, roads, well being care supply, industrialisation, amongst different key developmental tasks.
He maintained that his administration was poised to make the state an industrial hub within the nation and West Africa sub-region with a view to creating jobs and alternatives for progress.
Emmanuel defined that he got here into workplace when the nation was going by the worst financial crises in her latest historical past and even when most state governments couldn’t pay their staff’ salaries, he went forward to clear 10 years backlog of pensions and gratuities spanning 2001 to 2011.