During a courtesy visit on Monday, to the governor at the Government House in Benin City, the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, disclosed that the Federal Government has approved the upgrade of the Benin Airport to international standard with a cargo terminal.
“Plans have been concluded to upgrade landing system with adequate radio equipment that will enable the Airport handle both day and night operations, even in adverse weather conditions”, Sirika said.
“There are plans to also extend the runway at the Benin Airport to enable it handle high volume of traffic with capacity to accommodate cargo planes. Aviation connects businesses, trade, cultures, nations and people. With a standard airport in place, it becomes easy to achieve economic growth and development.
“We will work with Edo State Government to ensure that within the next 12 months, Benin Airport will become an International Standard Airport with all the necessary aviation equipment in place.”
In his remarks, Obaseki said “This is the most astonishing news I have heard as a governor this year.”
“Our hope is that all the economic activities that will be generated from this critical investment will drive commence across the state and the country”.
“The effort this administration has made since assuming office is gradually paying off with the assurance coming from the Minister that in a couple of months, work will commence in Benin Airport to upgrade it to international standard.
“This administration is working hard to transform Edo State to an economic hub. What is missing is rail transport linking the state with other parts of the country. The upgrade of the Benin Airport to international standard will complement our strategic geographical location.”