- Governor David Umahi has said the International Airport in Ebonyi positions the state to attract domestic and international investments
- Umahi disclosed this via a statement by Francis Nwaze, the special assistant to the governor on media and publicity
- According to the governor, the airport can push up employment in Ebonyi state when it becomes operational
Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi is turning the tide following an audacious move to build an international airport in the southeast state.
The airport is to be both human and cargo enabled, and government officials in the state say Ebonyi would be opened up to the next level.
Francis Nwaze, the special assistant to the governor on media and publicity made this known in a statement made available to Legit.ng on Friday, May 13.
He said the Ebonyi International Airport positions the state to attract investments domestically and internationally.
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According to him, the brick wall of investors mulling over how to quickly bring in raw materials to the state for production purposes and record-high output in their businesses, would be broken.
“Abakaliki would have direct access to diverse parts of the globe, enhancing its investment profile as a rapidly growing city in Africa. The state’s internally generated revenue is bound to surge via taxes and lands sale.
“Second, the airport would boost agricultural returns in the state. Ebonyi is one of the agrarian states in Nigeria. The reputation of her quality Abakaliki rice precedes her. Presently, this commodity enjoys nationwide acceptance and consumption.
“Rather than rice farmers limiting their market to Nigeria and a few neighboring African countries, their products can be conveyed in cargos to American and European markets for business.
“The resulting financial gains can fund mechanization of rice farming for increased productivity. Other agricultural products stand to enjoy this exposure as well.
“Lastly, the airport can push up employment in Ebonyi when it becomes functional. The vacancies will run into hundreds creating considerable blue-collar jobs.
“The economic harvest to come would be bountiful. From dual investment attraction and agricultural exportation visibility to bettering employment, there is much to reap.”
2023: Governor Umahi critical of Jonathan’s candidacy, warns APC to be cautious
In a previous report by Legit.ng, the governor of Ebonyi state gave his submissions about a possible candidacy of former President Goodluck Jonathan as the flag bearer of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
Umahi who spoke to newsmen at the statehouse in Abuja on Tuesday, May 10 stated that it will be difficult to pitch the former president to Nigerians.
While expressing his worries, Umahi stated that handing Jonathan the ticket as the candidate for the ruling party in the 2023 presidential elections will be difficult.