By Abdulkadir Mohammed
Edo State Government is to construct a new airport at Uzairue/Okpella in the Etsako West Local Government Area of the state.
The approval to construct a second airport in the state was given by the Federal Ministry of Aviation in a letter signed by the ministry’s Director of Aerodrome Development, Eng. C. O. Awogbami, and made available to newsmen after due consideration by the Agency.
The letter reads in part, “Sequel to the receipt of your Excellency’s letter Ref, No. OG.51/Vol 4/120 dated on the 16th February 2021, and subsequent visit of the technical team from the ministry and its Agencies on the 3rd to 5th of November, 2021, I am directed to convey approval of the Minister for the construction of an airport at Uzairue/Okpella in the Etsako West Local Government Area subject to strict compliance to civil aviation authority’s requirement and compliance with all relevant environmental regulations.”
Meanwhile, “environmental impact assessment report should be conducted to assess the impact of noise on the settlement and adherence to the provision of the subsisting civil Aviation Act 2006 as well as other legislation that may involve with time,” the letter added.