Ibom Air began state-owned airline with two aircraft

 Thursday, February 21, 2019

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State took delivery of two aircraft for operations at the state-owned airline, Ibom Air. The official unveiling of the aircraft was performed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at Obong Victor Attah International Airport in Uyo.

 

 

In his remarks, Governor Emmanuel described the airline was a monumental achievement of his administration. Emmanuel said that the aircrafts were only six years old and constituted the newest and modern fleet of the CFWNL Canadian aircraft.

 

 

He said Akwa Ibom was the only state currently running a state-owned airline in the country. The governor assured Akwa Ibom people that Ibom Air would be run as a business. He said the airline would operate on profitable routes and would give preference to Akwa Ibom people.

 

 

The launching of Ibom Air is a monumental achievement in Akwa Ibom state and indeed Africa.The journey to achieve Ibom Airline started in 2016 and today, it is a reality. If we are to search the minds of people, this day would have been frustrated but we give glory to God for making this day a reality.

 

 

 

He added that so far, the state government had constructed over 1,000 kilometres of roads across the state. The governor said that one other aircraft would arrive on Friday in addition to the already unveiled ones. Emmanuel further said plans for the Ibom Deep Seaport would commence operations before the expiration of his second term in 2023. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who unveiled the aircrafts commended the leadership qualities of Gov. Emmanuel.

 

 

Saraki said that the governor had been able to create an environment viable for development. Today, we celebrate leadership, we celebrate the good things that can come out of Nigeria, we celebrate the audacity of hope.”The governor has created an environment for people to have jobs. Also speaking, Chairman, Ibom Air, Idongesit Nkanga, said that Ibom Air would go international before the end of Governor Emmanuel’s second term.

 

 

He said when in full operation, the airline would create employment for 300 people. In his goodwill message, former governor, Obong Victor Attah, said that the airline would bring economic growth and development to the state.

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