OYO State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has declared that the efforts of his administration to upgrade the Ibadan Airport to international standard have remained on course.
He added that his government considers the airport as key and central to its vision to expand the state’s economy, stating that the government would continue to partner with critical individuals to bring about the success of the venture.
Gov Makinde, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Segun Ogunwuyi, stated these at the weekend, during the retirement ceremony held in honour of Mrs. Ogenetega Aiyenuro, the outgoing Airport Manager.
The governor described the retiring airport manager as a friend of the state, lauded her for everything she had done for the facility and the state.
Speaking earlier, a Director with the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Sunday Ayodele, commended Mrs. Oghenetega Aiyenuro for keying into the vision of Governor Makinde’s administration to expand the economy of the state.
He attested that the outgoing airport manager keyed into the vision of the administration of the Oyo State Governor to expand the state’s economy.
He maintained that the Ibadan Airport is important to the economy of the state, noting that the state government has been able to do a lot of things at the irport within a short period, including the new lounge, ongoing dualisation of the Ajia-Airport Road with spur to Amuloko and the ongoing dualisation of the Airport road, among others.
“Mrs. Aiyenuoro has collaborated with the Oyo State Government and keyed into the vision of Governor Makinde in having an expanded economy in the state. This airport is important in expanding the state economy,” Ayodele said.
The former Airport Manager, Aiyenuro, in her speech, appreciated Governor Makinde for being instrumental to the success of the Ibadan Airport under her watch.
She added that the transformation at the airport was due to the grace of God and the efforts of the governor, saying: “I want to thank Governor Seyi Makinde. In fact, he is the governor of the world as far as we are concerned here. He has been very instrumental to the success of Ibadan Airport.
Highlights of the occasion was presentation of Toyota Hilux to the retiring Airport Manager.