By Chinasa Ogbonna
The Federal Government has assured that work will soon begin on the expansion of the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport Ngor-Okpala, Imo State.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Hajia Binta Bello, gave the assurance when she visited the project site for the mult-million naira cargo shed.
According to the permanent secretary, the federal Government has approved commencement of work on the airport.
“The upgrade of the airport is necessary. Nigeria has depended so much on crude oil and there is need to diversify,” she noted.
He said that the Federal Government also ordered the scanning of every cargo arriving at the nation’s ports to ensure that contrabands are spotted easily.
Also speaking, Gov Rochas Okorocha of the state said that the upgrading would help him in his industrialization and job creation programme.
He said that the project was also strategic to the people of South East who are predominantly traders and described it as the first “Change” gift from President Muhammadu Buhari to the zone.