The Umueri International Cargo Airport project was launched by Anambra State’s visionary governor, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano.
It was a noble dream that few believed would come true, but the governor, being himself, wanted to go where there was no road so that he could build one today. As a practical leader, the governor decided to travel by moonlight so that he could see the sunrise before the rest of us.
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A test flight is scheduled for today, four years later, marking Air Peace’s first service at the new airport with a commercial aircraft.
The ‘Airport City Project,’ according to the governor, would be built on a 1500-acre site and include two runways, an aviation fuel plant, an aircraft maintenance facility, an airport hotel, a business park, and an international convention centre. 1200 direct and 3600 indirect jobs are projected to be created as a result of the project.
Anambra Airport runway capable of landing A380 Aircraft
Governor Obiano’s efforts have left a legacy that encourages others to dream bigger, learn more, do more, and become more; in Dolly Parton’s words, he is a “excellent leader.” The statement by Peter Strople that legacy is not about leaving anything for people, but about leaving something in people, reflects the governor of Anambra State’s vision.
Chief Willie Maduabuchukwu Obiano will leave a legacy that will be etched in stone monuments and, above all, woven into the lives of his people.
During a pre-inauguration tour of the airport led by the governor, all of the dignitaries were enthralled by the new Anambra airport’s inventiveness throughout the exhibition tour. Members of the State cabinet, His Lordship, Most Rev. Felix Femi Ajakaye (Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Ado Ekiti), Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka C. (Adoration Ministry, Enugu), Cllr. Ernest Ezeajughi (Mayor of London Borough of Brent), Ambassador Elijah Onyeagba (Nigerian Ambassador to Burundi), Cllr. Ernest Ezeajughi (Mayor of
Then some construction details were revealed, including the state-of-the-art runway, which was the first of its kind in Nigeria. With 5.7 kilometres, the runway, which is made up of two razers, is Africa’s longest runway. The runway’s special feature is that planes will land on both sides of the runway. It will be shown today as the two test flights land on opposite sides.
The most recent fire truck has arrived at Anambra International Cargo/Passenger Airport. The extraordinary airport tower, which is equipped with artificial intelligence technology, is a one-of-a-kind landmark in and of itself. Engr. Marcel Ifejiofor (Anambra State Commissioner for Works) took the time to list other technological features that helped the airport earn the highest rating among her peers.
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