Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde said on Thursday that Ibadan Airport should henceforth serve as an alternative to Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos.
Makinde announced this in Ibadan, when he received the command of the Air Officer (AOC), the Logistics Command, Ikea, Deputy Air Marshal Olaonipekun Makinde.
He said that the airport in Ibadan should be considered an alternative to the international airport MM if it has all the necessary facilities.
Makinde, however, added that his administration would improve social services and expand the infrastructure at the airport.
He noted that this is necessary in an effort to boost the country’s economic growth.
Makinde, as he continued to speak, cooperated with the Air Force on the loss of officers in the recent air accident in Abuja.
He added that one of the victims was from the state of Oyo.
Makinde said, “We believe that the airport in Ibadan should serve as a real alternative airport to Lagos if it has the capacity to take over 747 planes. So we have a project that we are incubating right now. We are trying to widen the runway so that larger planes can land in Ibadan.
“We also see Ibadan as a fact that it is becoming the center of regional air transport. We are trying, even as soon as possible, to determine if we can have a connection between Ibadan and Port Harcourt.
“We are talking to Air Peace and they should start an operational flight from Ibadan to Abuja in the next two weeks. And Ibadan to Port Harcourt should start after we finish the discussion we have with them.
“This means that, with all these activities that we are bringing to the country and Ibadan Airport, we will need more cooperation and cooperation with the Nigerian Air Force.
“I spoke with the chief of aviation staff when he visited me here. We talked about the air base here in Ibadan and our member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Abass Agboworin, who is the Deputy Chairman of the Council of Aviation Ministers, is making efforts to realize some of these projects.
“About three days ago, I spoke with the governor of Ogun state and we both agreed that we could fix the 11km road that will lead from Akanran (in Oyo state) to Ijebu-igba, Ogun state. So that means that no one coming from the airport from the Ijebu axis would even have to think of going to Lagos to fly.
“Let me cooperate with all the air forces with the loss of your officers and people in the air accident in Abuja. One of them is actually from the state of Oyo and we are trying to reach out to the family to provide the necessary support. “