A’Ibom Airport To Commence Commercial Flights Nov 15


It has been affirmed that exactly on November 15, Akwa Ibom International Airport would throw its doors open for commercial flights from across the globe.
The Akwa Ibom State commissioner for Economic Developments, Hon. Goddy A. Umoh stated this over the weekend at Mbiaso, Ikot Ekpene where he was honoured with an award for excellence by Mbiaso Unity Forum.
The commissioner who was the only Ibibio among the honourees said his honour by Annang people was a reflection of the message of unity which governor Godswill Akpabio has been preaching through equal distribution of infrastructure among the three senatorial districts of Uyo, Eket and Ikot Ekpene.
He used the occasion to reaffirm the readiness of his ministry to stage the 2009 Economic Summit in December, saying it was fixed in December to enable participants outside to come through the new ultra modern Akwa Ibom International Airport, Okobo.
The commissioner who pledged to do everything within his powers to ensure Governor Akpabio sails ashore successfully, said the transformation that is being witnessed in the state is as a result of previous economic summits and other fora his ministry had championed over the years.
According to him, even though he was not in charge, since government is continuous he can speak with authority what benefits have been derived from them so far, according to available statistics.
The forum also honoured some distinguished Akwa Ibomices alongside the commissioner.
They included Senator Emmanuel Ibok Essien, Hon Ibanga Akpabio, Hon. Nsikak Ekong, Etido Inyang and others, most of whom were represented.
The occasion, used to receive the permanent secretary, Ministry of Special Duties, Elder Samuel Umoh, also featured the launching for the building of Mbisao Civic Centre.
Mbiaso is said to be the only community with about four autonomous villages merged together, a feature which makes it very unique.
But unfortunately, they said they have not benefited maximally from government in terms of appointment of indigenes in position of powers.
Worried by this handicap, they used the opportunity to call on governor Akpabio to appoint their sons and daughters into positions.
However, they could not fail to thank the governor for awarding contract to rehabilitate a major road that passes through the community to the neighbouring local government of Obot Akara, hoping this will open it up.
They also thanked Governor Akpabio for providing them with two transformers through the commissioner for Rural development, Hon. Oyong Asuquo and pledged to support him enmasse towards his second term bid.