Governor David Umahi on Monday said construction of the recently approved International Airport by the Federal Government in Ezza North, Ebonyi State will be completed in 18 months.
He disclosed this while receiving the people of Ezza nation who came on Christmas day to pay homage to him in Uburu Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
He noted that the standard of the International Airport that is being built in Ebonyi takes between six (6) and ten (10) years to be completed but it will only take eighteen (18) months for the Ebonyi State Airport to be completed.
Umahi said, “Building an international airport is not an easy one. To build airport project like the one we are building in Ebonyi State takes six to eight years or even ten years but Ebonyi International Airport will be completed in eighteen months.”
“The tarmac of the Ebonyi International Airport will be on One Foot Concrete Pavement which is the highest ever in the World. The highest I have known of is eight inches concrete base but this one will be a one foot concrete pavement which has been guaranteed to last for more than 50 years.”
He added that N88m had been mapped out as compensation for those whose houses and crop farms were affected in the ongoing airport site project situated in Ezza North LGA of the state
He used the period to inaugurate a committee that will ensure the smooth payment of compensation of crops and economic trees to land owners in the affected communities.
In a remark, the Secretary to Ebonyi State Government, Kenneth Ugbala who led the team commended the Governor for placing the people of Ezza Nation into key positions of his Government, his massive infrastructural development in Ezza Land and his choice of locating the mega project of International Airport in Ezzan.
He assured them of their support to ensure that he completes the project.