Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has assured the state that the first phase of the Agro-Cargo airport in Illisan-Remo in the Ikenne local government area of the state would be ready by May 2022.
Abiodun, who was inspecting the project site said the project conceived in 2007 had all necessary approvals, including Environmental Impact Assessment, from the aviation regulatory body, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
“This project was conceived in 2007 and all necessary approvals were obtained in 2008. All environmental impact assessments, all other regulatory assessments have been 100 percent fulfilled,” he said.
“All we have to do is go over them to make sure they meet current realities. This was not the decision that was made for any reason other than the objective, he added.
While explaining why his administration decided to carry out the project, Abiodun said it was based on his administration’s economic development agenda to have a cargo airport that fully complements the investments and activities of the agricultural value chain in the condition.
“When the Senate Aviation Committee came to visit us, we shared with them the business case of this airport. We remind you that the proposals for the two airports were not initiated by this administration.
“I told them that the committee we established to investigate the two airports unequivocally concluded that this location was still the best and most viable location for the airport.”
Photos from the site visit
Our resolve to begin construction of the proposed agro-cargo airport in Ilishan-Remo is objective and follows requisite environmental and aviation certification, coupled with the socioeconomic development that the project will bring to our dear State. pic.twitter.com/pcuKWk2MUk— Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun – MFR (@dabiodunMFR) March 20, 2021
The Governor explains that “the entire cargo value chain is located in this corridor. We have oil palm, cashew, and greenhouse plantations in Sagamu and multinational companies around here. This is the center where items for export are evaluated and approved. So, with a Cargo Airport here, it is very convenient to move them.”
It revealed that the State submitted an offer for the Special Processing Zone of the African Development Bank, were in the bidding document, the location was chosen to locate the AZ Processing Zone.
He said the area was renamed “airport city” because, in addition to the airport and the processing zone, the area has factories that would convert raw materials into finished products for export.
The governor said it was important for an airport to have access to a good road network, adding that the airport was bounded by the Sagamu-Benin and Lagos-Ibadan highways, as well as Pararell gas pipelines to the highways.
Governor Abiodun maintained that the airport located on a 500-hectare site was also part of the administration’s key enablement, adding that work was underway on the 2.4-kilometer access road to allow the movement of equipment to the site, as well as in the 3.4 kilometers. clue.
While he insisted that his administration would not tie problems with people on the pages of newspapers as a result of the project, he said that he would remain focused on what his administration was intended to achieve by meeting all the requirements of good governance.