President Muhammadu Buhari has formally inaugurated the newly built port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa with the promise to improve upon infrastructure in the transport sector.
To this end, he noted that government is making deliberate efforts to increase handling capacities and the infrastructure not taken care of since the 70s and 80s when they were built in all the geo-political zones of the country.
“Todays commissioning is a significant landmark for international travellers especially those in the South South region.
Not much was done after these airports were built in the 70s and 80s to increase handling capacity of the airports and so we needed to take decisive steps to ensure that our terminals meet the minimum international global standards”
“In the 2017 budget, I promised to upgrade Nigeria’s transport and complete a number projects that will be beneficiary to the nation economically and these include construction of new terminals, railways and power projects,” he said.
“Today’s commissioning is a direct policy to sustain economic growth in all geo political zones of the country,” the president stated.
In his address of welcome, Rivers state Governor, Nyeesom Wike said the people of Rivers State and indeed the South South are happy with the project, adding that it will foster further investment in the state.
Governor Wike said,”I can tell you this today that the people of Rivers State and the Niger Delta are happy with you Mr. President. This terminal here will help the drive of the state to grow the economy and it will attract investment to the state. What has happened here shows that Rivers State is safe, Rivers State is secure and if it was not CCECC will not have been here to construct this.”