THE foundation stone for 6,000 metric tonnes International Cargo Airport has been laid at the Asaba International Airport with the Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, indicating that it was a clear testimony of President Goodluck Jonathan’s efforts towards growing the economy of the rural communities.
According to the Governor who laid the Foundation stone at the occasion and witnessed by the Minister of Aviation, Mrs Stella Oduah, aviation experts, top politicians and other government functionaries, said that the President deserved commendation for working towards growing the rural economy.
He said that President Jonathan has shown commitment towards diversifying the nation’s economy from an economy dependent on oil to an economy that is driven by so many factors.
Governor Uduaghan disclosed that the cargo airport when functional will move goods, especially, agricultural produce to different parts of the world, noting that it is in line with his administration’s ‘Delta Beyond Oil’ initiative.
He thanked Mr President for selecting Asaba International Airport as one of the cargo international airports in the country, adding that the gesture fits into the “Delta Beyond Oil initiative,” since the initiative fits into President Jonathan’s programme of empowering the rural farmers.”
Governor Uduaghan specifically commended Mrs. Oduah for her support towards the development of the Asaba International Airport and assured her that the State Government will give all the necessary logistics support for the completion of the cargo airport.
Earlier, the Minister of Aviation had said the cargo airport will be completed within six months, disclosing that the cargo airport will facilitate the easy movement of agricultural produce to international markets.
Mrs Oduah added that the airport was in line with President Jonathan’s transformation agenda that will grow rural economy, stating that the crops from the rural areas will find their way into international super markets.
She further reiterated that there will be value chain along the line from packaging, logistics to job creation, noting that for every one hectare, ten jobs will be created and the spiraling effects will be unimaginable.
Delta State Government Press Release