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Funds Not Asaba Airport’s Problem—Okowa

By Dipo Olowookere

Delta State Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Okowa, has expressed satisfaction at the pace of work at the ongoing upgrade of facilities at the Asaba International Airport, promising that when completed, it will be among the best in the country.

Speaking during an unscheduled inspection visit to the airport on Tuesday, the Governor noted that “funding is not the issue at the moment and I will regularly come here to ensure that the project is delivered in good time and for us to have about the best airport in the country.”

He, however, emphasised that, “Getting it right is very important.”

Mr Okowa stressed that, “Airport is not about the structure but about the runway and we believe that when completed, the airport will be among the best in the country based on standard.”

Speaking on the speed of work, he said, “They are moving at a good pace; it is not about the speed but, getting it right because if you get the slope right in the first segment, you will get it right in the second and third segments.”

Earlier, the contractor handling the project, Mr Uche Okpuno, informed the Governor that work would be completed in the first segment (900 metres) of the runway within the next 10 days.

He disclosed also that civil work on the Instrument Landing System has been completed, while installation was ongoing.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via

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