Asaba Airport, Asaba, Delta State

Asaba International Airport, Asaba, Delta State has been rated very high in terms of its modern and standard facilities as well as organization and services.

The Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika made the commendation on Sunday during the inspection of facilities at the airport.

The Minister was full of praise for the state government for developing the airport to meet international standards in respect of its runway and other ancillary works.

According to the Minister “Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is always a very serious-minded person, very focused, principled and always committed to doing the right thing.

I have been informed how he ensured transparency in the concessioning of the Asaba Airport, adding that some of his friends bided for the airport and lost and in the interest of his people he didn’t interfere and didn’t care whether his friends lost but what he wanted was quality and the right people to run the airport and I think this is what will help our nation.

“The Asaba Airport is strategically located, it is right there at the centre of very many good locations in the country; it is good for business, good for civil aviation,

“We are delighted that the Delta State government has taken aviation as one of the catalysts for growth and development and for identifying and also understanding the importance aviation could add to the economy of the region.

Inside the Departure Hall of Asaba Airport.

I’m here because we believed that the best way to manage our airports is to concession them to private hands to make them better managed and better operated and to get value for our money.

‘The Delta state government took up the challenge and they attended to so many conferences with us, they dialogued with us at the ministry and they decided on their own to concession the Asaba Airport and here we are after three tedious years, and being fully guided by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission ICRC to put this to reality.

Asaba Airport is on its way to being fully concessioned. They have feeder airlines that will operate as well as a principal airline coming into Asaba and feeding other stations.

They have a hotel business park, cargo and they have everything here an international airport needs to operate and all of these are from the private sector and if it works, this is a classic example of partnership with the private sector to develop our infrastructure for the common good of our people.

“This is a modest example of how things should be, we will carry out more of these inspections, as a ministry we are responsible for civil aviation and air transportation in general and we will not be found wanting in this regard.

“Coming here excites me; it shows me the courage and determination by the state government to partner with the private sector to develop this airport.

“From what I have seen here and from what we have on ground and also the planned expansion of the terminal building, the Asaba Airport is indeed an international Airport in that regard,” concluded the Minister.