Ogun airport: almost ready for takeoff

The Ogun State Government announced that the agro international airport on Iperu-Ilishan Road in Illenne Local Government Area was nearly 90% complete. The State Commissioner of Works, Ade Akinsanya, provided this update during an inspection of various projects by the acting Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, as conveyed in a statement released by the National Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Maiwada, on Tuesday.

The inspection encompassed several projects, including the proposed 100-hectare Customs Training College, Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ headquarters, a government warehouse, and the agro international airport. Akinsanya emphasized the favorable accessibility of the site and the anticipated timeline for completing the agro international cargo airport.

Akinsanya stated, “We aim to have this project ready by the end of the year. The runway is fully completed, the control tower is nearing 90% completion, and all required equipment has been procured. In terms of capacity, there is ample room for expansion. We are presently constructing a warehouse alongside a terminal building where you will be able to assist us. Progress is being made, and the governor is pushing for completion by year-end.”

The Customs CG, in turn, expressed satisfaction with the project’s progress and pledged responsible cooperation as a neighbor to the state government. He stated, “We are pleased to become your neighbors, and I assure you that we will be responsible neighbors, operating in a manner that makes Ogun State proud.”

He further emphasized the strategic importance of the project for the future of customs operations in Nigeria. “As we strive for improved processes and innovation, we require robust infrastructure to support these operations,” he noted.

The CGC emphasized the importance of adhering to the stipulated contract timeline, ensuring that development progresses simultaneously. “We will rigorously enforce the contract timeline. We cannot allow the airport to be too far along before we commence our operations here. Our presence will undoubtedly enhance the airport, just as we believe the airport will bring value to us,” he asserted.

During the visit, Adeniyi, accompanied by the commissioner, project manager, and management team, conducted a tour of the proposed customs project site as well as the ongoing construction of the agro cargo international airport.

Edited By Damilola Adeleke

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