- Governor Udom Emmanuel has declared that Ibom Air, Akwa Ibom state-owned airline will make Nigeria proud
- The governor made the declaration at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 19 to herald the arrival of the airline's 4th aircraft in Uyo
- The new aircraft is fitted with High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters, which have the capacity to fight off bacteria and virus
Governor Udom Emmanuel has declared that Ibom Air, Akwa Ibom state-owned airline will make Nigeria proud.
The governor made the declaration at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 19 to herald the arrival of the airline's 4th aircraft in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital.
In his remarks, while unveiling the aircraft, the governor expressed appreciation to God for his benevolence to the state and for guiding his administration to attain remarkable achievements for Akwa Ibom state and her people.
He applauded the management of Ibom Air for maintaining top class service, noting that within a short period of its emergence in the Nigerian aviation industry, the airline is fast dominating the industry and with its latest aircraft, make in-roads into the West African sub-region.
His words: “Let me, first of all, congratulate every Akwa Ibomite whether you are in the state or in the diaspora. Anywhere you are, I know you can raise your head and beat your chest that you are from a state that is a shining star in Africa. A state to reckon with, a state that is distinguished in the committee of nations of this world.
“Last year February 15, to be precise, we were at this same venue with the then Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and other distinguished guests to receive the first set of aircraft. Then other additions began coming in.
“Today, in the midst of gloomy situations in the world, even when others are saying there is a casting down, we are saying there is a lifting up and we say to God be the glory.”
The governor thanked federal aviation agencies for the support rendered to the airline and promised that Ibom Air will keep to standard and all regulations.
Also speaking, the chairman, board of directors of Ibom Air, Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga, commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for his visionary leadership and for taking the initiative to invest in the aviation sector of the economy.
“I welcome, His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel, the man who has made this day what it is at Ibom Air. I want to tell Akwa Ibom people that this is one business that they'll be proud of. This is one undertaking by this government that even future generations will be proud of.
“We are fully prepared for COVID-19 and beyond because the new aircraft is fitted with High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters, which have the capacity to remove microbes including bacteria and virus.
“As such when you travel on Ibom Air, you have no fear at all during and after the pandemic,” he said.
The management of Ibom Air, recently announced that it has taken delivery of one more aircraft, making it four aircraft on her fleet.
Ibom Air which is the brainchild of Governor Udom Emmanuel's administration in Akwa Ibom has recorded tremendous successes, surpassing records in the number of passengers airlifted less than a year since it began operations.
The airline commenced commercial flight operations in June 2019 with three aircraft and have so far airlifted 50,000 passengers within 100 days of operations.
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