An assurance has been given that the construction of the MKO Abiola International Airport, located at Ido-Osun, Egbedore Local Government Area, in Osun State, would be ready within eight months.
According to Nurudeen Ogunlade, whose company, AWOL Group, is in charge of the project, the first phase of the N69 billion project would be ready within the period.
Ogunlade added that the airport project was increased from N11 billion to N69 billion under the concession agreement due to its expansion and other modern facilities that were included. He said that the airport would be built on 839 hectares of land and would be funded 100 per cent by the company.
Ogunlade added that it would be completed before the expiration of the term of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, whom, he said, had devoted more efforts towards the success of the project than his predecessors. He noted that with the construction of the airport, the economy and tourism potential of the state would be fully realised and, so, broaden the country’s foreign exchange base.
The airport project, Ogunlade added, would provide about 10,000 jobs for youths during the construction period and 2,000 jobs after its completion, saying that there would be a cargo and maintenance section as part of the airport structural design, which would be quite distinguished in the country and the rest of the West African sub-region.