The senate committee on aviation has promised to advocate the upgrade of Ibadan airport to international standard.
Chairman Senate Committee on aviation, senator Smart Adeyemi said this during a courtesy call on Governor Makinde at the Agodi secretariat,Ibadan as part of the committee’s oversight function.
Senator Adeyemi said the visit, ahead of the 2022 budget presentation would equip the committee with useful information in advocating for sufficient funds for the aviation sector.
Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Mr Nnolim Nnaji who was part of the delegation also stressed the economic importance of upgrading the nation’s airport as an alternative to road transportation due to prevailing challenges of insecurity
In a remark, Oyo state Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde urged the federal government to handover Ibadan airport to the state government to enable the state expedite processes in upgrading the airport to international standard
Governor Makinde explained various effort of his administration in giving the airport a facelift, especially with the rehabilitation of adjourning roads as well as provision of basic facilities in the airport and called on the federal government to do more by collaborating with the state.
He equally added that the airport would not only impact on the state economy by expanding its business district, the country would be better for it as it move from an economy dependent on oil to a non-oil economy.
The team later took an assessment tour of the Ibadan airport to evaluate areas of concerns.