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Gov. Okowa announces temporary closure of Asaba International Airport



ASABA-INTERNATIONAL-AIRPORT NANGov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State said on Wednesday that the Asaba International Airport will be closed down temporarily, when work on the runway reached an advanced stage.

The governor spoke when he inspected the ongoing construction work at the airport runway.

He expressed satisfaction on the work done, adding that the contractor would handle the work in three phases.

He said that for now, only smaller aircraft were allowed to land, because work was ongoing on one side of the runway, adding that later the contractor will move to the other side, before working on the middle.

According to him, work on the runway became necessary in order to meet the standards set by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

“We recall that the airport was downgraded by the NCAA because the runway was not in the best of shape.

“Work on the runway is being taken in phases, it is in three phases of one kilometre on either side and the middle 1.4 kilometres.

“But when work gets to the middle, we will close down the airport within the period that it will take them to complete work on that section.

Okowa who had earlier inspected roads constrictions and drainage projects in Asaba metropolis and Okpanam Road, said rainfall would not disrupt ongoing work.

He said though there was funding challenge, the contractors have been mobilised to do their work, adding that some of the projects would be completed in April before the heavy rains set in.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Hmm

    March 3, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I don’t understand how an “international” airport would be shut down… Also by temporarily, how long would that be as there is no stated time frame. Now I can see just how challenging it must be for foreigners to transact business in Nigeria, no standards, you never know what to expect. For a sec, I am trying to picture Heathrow being shut down for “works” – def not happening!

  2. prince

    March 3, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    How far with the worst airport in the world The Port Harcourt Airport that some motor parks are better than

  3. Pasian

    March 3, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Why is delta start government an Igbo man?? Didn’t know DeItan’s are Igbo mmmmmmmm

    • Puzzles

      March 4, 2016 at 7:25 am

      He is not an Igbo man. He is an Anioma man.

      Know the difference. That our names and language are similar does not make us Igbo. Terms such as Delta Igbo are very wrong so stop it.

      We are Anioma, not Igbo.

  4. Ogbenituks

    March 5, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    @puzzles your very stupid for saying that statement anioma people are Igbo people can an Egba or ijebu man say he’s not Yoruba ?

  5. janessa

    October 14, 2016 at 2:21 am

    we are all one, whether you are Igbo oooo , Anioma oooo….. we are one, stop hating….

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