The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) has restated its plans to partner with Ekiti State Government in the development of the State’s Cargo airport, as a team from the office of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Oladayo Amao, on Friday inspected the site meant for the construction of the Air Force Base within the airport.
The team led by the Chief of Policy and Plans, AVM Remigus Ekeh, during a visit to Governor Kayode Fayemi in his office in Ado Ekiti, disclosed that the visit was a follow up to the Governor’s initiative which he discussed with the former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar at the Force Headquarters.
Ekeh said he was delighted seeing that the project had experienced a great progress within the last one year that it was conceived.
He reiterated the commitment of the Air Force in ensuring that the country is peaceful and prosperous.
He also hailed Fayemi for allocating a portion of land at the airport for the establishment of a base to strengthen NAF’s efforts in tackling the present security challenges in the country.
“We thank you for fulfilling your promise of giving us a portion of land at the international cargo airport for the air force to set up a base.
“We are very grateful and we will continue to ask for your cooporation especially at this time when the nation is facing great security challenges”, AVM Ekeh said.
In his reaction, Fayemi Said that the presence of the Air Force Base at the cargo airport would strengthen the efforts at restoring sanity and security in the country.
Fayemi disclosed that the former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar, had promised that the space would be used as part of the central command of operation in the country.
“This is considering the strategic location of Ekiti States in the central area, including Kogi, Kwara, Niger and the FCT, and its straddling with other states in the West,” he said.
While imploring the NAF to accelerate the actualisation of the initiative, Fayemi said the state government would present the Certificate of Occupancy of the plot to NAF and work with them in implementing their plans for the space.
He noted that contractor in charge of the airport project had promised to deliver by August next year.
“I am delighted that you are still very much committed to this initiative.
“On our part, we have done the aerial survey; we have identified on the basis of earlier discussion with the Air Force and I will present to you that portion that is meant for the NAF within the airport operations and what we will plead for its accelerated development.
“This is not just within our purview but within your purview as well but our vision and going by the timetable that we have from the main contractor the airport should be ready by August 2022.
“So, once you take your own portion of land at the airport, do all that is necessary. We will be happy to quickly make available the Certificate of Occupancy to you and then work with you to attain the plans that you have for the site that has been allocated to the NAF,” he said.