Dapo Abiodun explains benefits of Agro Ogun Cargo Airport


Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun at the weekend said that the Agro-Cargo Airport being constructed by his administration would serve as a conglomeration to agro-processing companies as well as aerotropolis that have added value services, when completed.

Abiodun made this remark when he conducted the Chief Executive Officer, Arise Integrated Industrial Platform, Mr. Gagan Gupta around the airport at Illisan-Remo .

The Governor noted that the airport “will also provide facilities for cargo processing, storage, warehouses and training centre, among others. This is an aerotropolis.

According to him, it is not just an airport but one that adds value to services.

“The agro serving part is the most interesting, it is going to be a conglomeration of agro processing companies that take raw materials, turn them into finished goods.

“We will also have aggregation centres, storage facilities for agro produce so that the agro processing centres will not run out of raw materials.

“This is truly an international cargo airport. At the stage it is now, it is already attracting a lot of attention and investors.

“The Nigeria Customs Service and Nigerian Air Force, have requested for 100 acres of land to build their base and training schools.

“Others have signified interest in building warehouses. Cargo companies have also applied to have their presence here.

“Those that want to go into the hospitality business have applied to build hotels. We will also have demonstration farms that would be run through an out-grower scheme.

“That is the entire gamut of what will be seen here, I don’t have any doubt that this airport in the first instance, will generate over 25,000 to 30,000 jobs,” the governor said.

Abiodun regretted that the project had been on the drawing board for many years, saying the reason for embarking on the construction of the airport was economic gains through employment opportunities and the desire to keep the state as the nation’s industrial capital.

“This project started about 12 months ago and I promised that by God’s grace we will complete it in 18 months.

“We have gone round and see that the control tower is gradually coming out from the ground.

“We have driven on the runway, which is four kilometres and have seen where the apron is. There is the administrative building of the control tower.

” Coming into the airport itself, we drove on the access road, which is three kilometres, the runway is being asphalted.

“I am happy with the project and impressed with the speed and quality of work the contractors are doing.

” I don’t have any doubt that this project will be delivered on schedule by the end of November or first week of December.”

The governor described the project as monumental, saying the project, when completed, would not only have multiplier effects on the economy of the state, subregion, but the entire country.

While reiterating that his administration would keep to its promises, Abiodun said: “When we came here last year, we made a pronouncement that we will build this airport.

“The naysayers said it was a political statement but you all know that in our usual style, we are a very deliberate and focused administration. We only make promises we can keep.

“We did not promise to do everything but everything we promised, we will ensure that it is done. This is yet another testimony of the promise made to the good people of our state.”

He said the state government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Arise Integrated Industrial Platform expected to invest over $400m at the processing zone as well as the Olokola cluster.

Gupta expressed satisfaction with the level and quality of work done so far at the airport, saying his organisation was looking forward to participating in developing the state’s processing zone, which he said would lead to the creation of more jobs opportunities for the people.

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