The Lawmaker, Hon Solomon Ighrakpata stated that the gains of concessioning the Asaba Airport was enormous and commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his commitment towards the diversification of the Delta State economy from over dependence in oil revenue.
Hon Ighrakpata, a former member of Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, also commended the speed at which the state legislature deliberated on the request to concession the Airport as forwarded to it by the governor.
While acknowledging the sound synergy between the legislative and executive arms of government in the state, the Deputy Chief Whip assured that matters of growth and development of the state will always receive the blessings of the Delta State House of Assembly.
Hon Ighrakpata explained that involving the private sector in the redevelopment and upgrade of existing facilities in the Airport to meet international standard as well as attract foreign commercial and cargoes airline operators, was a step in the right direction.
The Uvwie Legislator expressed optimism that the concessioning exercise will accelerate investments in new infrastructure at the airport as well as upgrade the existing ones as encapsulated in the Governor’s message to the House.
Hon Ighrakpata however stressed the need for government intervention on the Osubi Airport to make it operational, maintaining that the Osubi Airport was strategic to the socioeconomic development of the State. The Lawmaker who appealed to the governor to prevail on the management and operators of the Osubi Airport to commence operations in the airport as well as upgrade facilities in the airport.
Hon Ighrakpata stressed that several stakeholders had expressed concern over the current status of the Osubi Airport.