Governor RochasOkorocha announced this at the Imo Airport Owerri during the launch of the State Government –owned airline tagged “Imo Air” which commenced flight operation tuesday.
GovernorOkorocha who spoke to Newsmen after inspecting the ongoing construction of eight warehouses and offices at the Cargo section of the Airport explained that the project was being funded by the State Government. The Governor noted that the Cargo Section of the Airport when operational will boost the economy of the State and provide the employment to the people of the State.
Shortly after receiving the approval from President MohammaduBuhari whom we all remain grateful to for giving the approval, the state government decided to embark on this project by itself and is fully paid by Imo State.“
On the State owned Airline known as “Imo Air” GovernorOkorocha said that government had taken delivery of one aircraft while additional four were being awaited to ease flight operations in the state.
“This business would provide job opportunities. Already about two hundred of our sons and daughters have applied who will soon be recruited into this Airline. The Imo Air will be operated by Ghana and we have five of these Aircrafts. This is the first, in the couple of four months to come, we shall have four more.“
Governor Okorocha explained that the Imo Air was being operated by a private airline in the country as the State had no license to operate air transportation.
The one hundred and forty passenger capacity aircraft landed Sam Mbakwe Airport with passengers around noon on Tuesday and was received by Governor Okorocha and other top government officials.
BY CHINAZO ILECHUKWU