Akwa Ibom Airport Terminal Under Construction

The Permanent terminal building of Akwa Ibom Airport is gradually coming alive and evolving into a world-class edifice with construction progressing rapidly and consistently in line with the projected timeline for its completion.

This has been made possible by the dogged commitment and focused placed not only on the prime project but other similar projects in the state by the Governor Emmanuel Udom administration.

The ultra-modern Permanent Terminal Building at the Victor Attah International Airport which is a legacy project of the state government is progressing to the third floor and baring any delay is billed to be ready for use before the end of the Udom administration.

The commissioner for information, Sir Charles Udoh, who is currently undertaking on-the-spot tour of government projects, stated this in Uyo while reacting to the economic benefits of the Permanent Terminal Building after an inspection tour of the project by the State Government Information Management Team.

Udoh said with the components of the terminal building and indeed facilities put in place at the entire complex, Akwa Ibom State will not only benefit from increased internally generated revenue (IGR) with the huge volume of income that will accrue from the different business transaction within the complex but also from the Maintenance, Repairs and Overhauling, (MRO) operations as well as from cargo handling.

Emphasizing that the Victor Attah International Airport towers high above other airports in Nigeria due to its enviable location and proximity to West African countries, the information boss said facilities put in place are of international standard, including a digital self check-in by a robot, which is COVID-19 compliance, as well as handy shopping malls, restaurants and banking booths.

Udoh said there is also a health bay designed to serve as an isolation centre in event of any suspected case of COVID-19 or any related infection among the travellers, disclosing that the Permanent Terminal Building was designed by experts from Nigeria, the United Kingdom, the United States and Turkey to give end-users a touch or feel of what is tenable in airports in developed climes such as the United Arab Emirates.

The state spokesman said with a special roofing sheet capable of lasting up to 200 years without any colour change, the world-class building, which is nearing completion, with work now at the second floor of the three-storey building, has a pressure-sensitive escalator, automated entry passes such as fingerprint digital pass and computerized card pass.

He stated that, in order to ensure ease of movement, the building is fitted with four escalators, seven lifts and staircases while strict safety apparatuses have been put in place with four different fire prevention facilities including: fire extinguishers, fire water sprinkler system, fire detectors, heat, smoke and temperature detectors as well as FM200, an automated fire fighting powder system.

Reiterating that, the complex will have both the International Udom Emmanuel geared at attracting traffic to Akwa Ibom State as the preferred destination of investors and tourists in Nigeria.

The tour by the State Government Information Management Team led by the commissioner of information, Sir Charles Udoh, continues as part of measures towards heightening publicity and awareness on projects and programmes of Governor Udom Emmanuel within his five years administration.

Udoh added that, all sections, departures, arrivals and cargo have been linked to the security units for any eventuality adding that effective security network has been put in place with strict surveillance by the Custom, Immigration, Drug Law Enforcement Agency and other security operatives.

Proposed Akwa Ibom Airport

“They’d be fingerprint digital pass or card pass, whether you’re already passenger or staff. They’d be staff living quarters, locker rooms etc. He said the security architecture is very high. The facility will have four methods of fire prevention – fire extinguishers, fire water sprinkler system, fire detectors (heat, smoke and temperature detectors), FM200 i.e. automated powder system.

Describing the Permanent Terminal Building as the first of its kind in the West African sub-region, Udoh said the project is one of the landmark achievements of Governor Udom administration.