History was made in Anambra state yesterday following the landing of three aircrafts belonging to Airpeace at the Anambra State International Passengers and Cargo Airport in Umueri, Anambra East Local Government Area of the state.
The state which was created in 1991 had not witnessed such a giant stride as no airport had existed in the state.
The aircrafts, Airpeace 5N-BUJ landed at about 2.25pm, Airpeace 5N-BVD at 2.47pm, while the third, a private jet owned by the chairman of Nest Oil, Mr Ernest Obiejesi, who is popularly known as Obi Jackson landed at 3:30pm amidst jubilation.
The State governor, Willie Obiano described the airport as a revolution in the aviation industry, saying it took his administration 15 months to arrive at 85percent completion.
He revealed that the airport with 3.7 runway, 11 Storey building Tower, and other facilities was built with no loan borrowed to finance it, adding that it would serve as best bridge to attract investors to the state.
He praised the Chairman of AirPeace, Allen Onyema, an indigene of the state for offering his aircrafts for the test run.
On his part, owner of the aircraft, Chief Allen Onyema, who was onboard the first aircraft to land on the airport, described it as the biggest and best in Africa.
He said he shaded tears of joy while landing from the airport as its standard was beyond what he expected, which he described as promptly completed.
He said, “I’ve been vindicated today after boasting in the TV that the airport will soon be completed which attracted condemnation from some people.
“I thank the FG for approving this airport, which is the fastest to be approved as a testament of the quality of job done here. This is the best and longest runway in Africa with 3.7km.”
He added that the airport would not going to serve Anambra people alone, but South East, and the entire country.
“President Mohammadu Buhari is going to approve this airport in four months’ time which would create millions of jobs for the people as well as energize the nation’s economy,” he added.