In a bid to determine the perimeter of the Asaba airport currently under going some construction and to know where its land ends, governor Ifeanyi Okowa has ordered the immediate demolition of private buildings close to the airport without relevant approvals.
The governor gave the order Tuesday when he paid an inspection visit to the airport to ascertain the level of construction going.
“We need to determine the perimeter of the airport to know where our land ends, we need to look at the buildings close to the airport if they have relevant approvals and if they have no relevant approvals, the buildings will go down.
“I have asked the Commissioner for Lands and Survey to take inventories for us to take necessary actions,” the Governor said, adding, “if the owners of the buildings have relevant documents, they will be compensated because, what is foremost on our mind is safety.” Okowa said.
Okowa in company of top government functionaries, lauded the level of work done at the airport, emphasising that the contractor was working hard to beat the five weeks deadline for the reopening of the airport for commercial activities.
“The contractor is right on course and they will deliver before the deadline, we are concentrating on the runway which must be of international standards, and we are confident that we will get one of the best in the country, I am happy with the pace of work.”
Speaking, the project manager of Setraco Nigeria Limited, Mr. Jihad Yaghi thanked Governor Okowa for encouraging them to speed up the delivery of the project, noting that all hands are on deck to complete the job before the set deadline.
On his part, the special project director, Asaba airport project, Mr. Austin Ayemidejor who was among those that took the governor and his team round the project site, assured the governor that the contractor handling the project was working round the clock to deliver the project before the deadline and to specifications.