- Against popular pattern, a Nigerian airport was built by contributions made by indigenes of the state
- Emerging old list and photo show that some gave money ranging from N100 to as high as N1,000
- The airport which was later taken over by the federal government still stands to this day and runs smoothly
Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport (SMICA) is a well-known government-owned airport in Imo state.
The airport located in Ngor Okpala local government of the state provides air travel functions to cities even outside the state including Nnewi in Anambra and Arochukwu in Abia state but not many know the interesting history behind the facility.
Sam Mbakwe airport was actually constructed thanks to contributions and levies paid and given by indigenes of the state, Wikipedia confirms.
In a recent Facebook post, a user identified as Bibi Ukonu shared the comprehensive list of the persons who contributed to the construction of the airport, side by side the amount they gave.
In the list, it was observed some persons gave as low as N100 and others as high as N1,000.
Nigerians have expressed diverse reactions to the emerging list.
Ch Ob said:
"I contributed as well. Millions across the East contributed. School children - nursery, primary and secondary students contributed."
Obi Ginuwine Anyanwu commented:
"The beauty of it all was ,The Government of the day then utilized the funds well and was accountable unlike the crooks we have now."
Obinna Iwueke reacted:
"See the names of Men..no be today ooo...Men dey ooo... Everyone contributed no matter how little and the project was realized...
"Meaning any time the Igbos come together for any project it will surely be realized..."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported stunning photos of the N6.4 trn China airport that has 5G Wifi, 4 runways and other cool features.
The magnificent facility is situated on a large expanse of land, specifically 7.5 million square feet which equal 98 football fields and is located on the border of Beijing and Langfang, according to Wikipedia.
Some Nigerians argued that with this level of architectural creation, China is living in a different century, others gushed about the majestic look of the structure.