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…To Provides 400 Direct, Indirect Employments To Youth
By: Our Correspondent
UYO, South-South, Nigeria – The Akwa Ibom State Government, (AKSG), has announced its readiness to commenced full operation of own airline company, Ibom Air.
The State Commissioner for Special Duties and Aviation Development, Mr. Akan Okon, disclosed on Thursday in Uyo at a New Year hangout with the media.
He also revealed that recruitments into various positions in the company has been concluded, adding that government have engaged professionals, who would run the airline with best international practices.
According to him, the airline, which was designed to be a limited liability company, would provide over 400 direct and indirect jobs to the unemployed youths in the state.
“Ibom Air has come to stay. I am happy to tell you that we have completed recruitments with good number of indigenes being recruited.
“The Chief Pilot is an indigene. Three aircrafts are secured and are ready for commencement of operation. It is completely owned and operated by AKSG and it will provide 400 direct and indirect jobs,” he explained.
The Commissioner explained further that members of staff of the new airline, who were recruited strictly on merit, are currently undergoing training in their various areas of specialties, getting set to kick-start operations as soon as required formalities were concluded.
He commended the contributions of the Director, Air Worthiness standards of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA), Engineer Ita Awak, in ensuring smooth operations in the airport and the realization of the project.
He disclosed that even though Engr. Awak is a staunch member of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), he still worked with the State Government to ensure that what would be beneficial to the citizens of the state was achieved.
“Engr Awak, a son of the soil, has demonstrated true strength of character in engaging relevant authorities to make sure that the Airport gains adequate improvements that will help attract global attention.
“For the Maintenance, Repairs and Overhaul, (MRO) section, the Governor is equally passionate about it. This is where I must commend the Director, Air Worthiness Standards of NCAA, Engr Ita Awak who has shown deep support to the development of the airport. I want to thank him very specially and all those that are working at NCAA for supporting the changes at the Airport,” he said.
Okon also attributed the success of the project to Governor Udom Emmanuel, whom he said had consistently made what may appear impossible to others, a possibility in the state.
He maintained that the heavy traffic in Victor Attah International Airport motivated the State Government to join the few airlines operating in the country, adding that Ibom Air will at the moment operate within Uyo-Lagos- Abuja routes.
He however expressed disappointment that the Victor Attah International Airport was at the moment the only one in the country, solely managed by the State Government, adding that the present administration was devotedly working to improve the standard of the airport with the ongoing second runway, new taxiway, a power sub-station, new commercial building and other unique features.
Such improvements, he said, made it possible for the landing of over 20 aircrafts in the President’s entourage during the flag off of the APC presidential campaigns in the State for the South-South region.