The Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, announced that the ongoing Agro-Cargo Airport project along Ilisan-Iperu road in the Ikenne Local Government Area of the state is expected to be ready for commercial flight operations by December.
Governor Abiodun provided this update during an inspection of the work progress at the cargo airport. He also disclosed that international aviation companies have expressed interest in operating the facility under a concession agreement.
The governor stated, “I’m sure that in the next 30 to 45 days, we should sign the dotted lines of the concessioning of this airport, which would mean that everything the airport has cost us would completely be repaid back to us, and we can use the money to pay our debt and also begin to look at other projects.”
He further explained that by the end of November or December, the airport would receive full approval, allowing commercial operations to commence. This means that flights to destinations like Abuja and Port Harcourt will be available, and international flights are expected to operate from the airport by the end of the year.
Abiodun emphasized the state government’s approach of building a world-class airport with the intention to facilitate the involvement of international airport operators. He highlighted the success of this approach, with several operators expressing interest in the airport before its completion, showcasing the project’s global appeal.
The governor’s commitment to funding the airport’s construction and subsequent concessioning has proven effective in expediting the project and attracting international attention. The Agro-Cargo Airport is on track to becoming a significant transportation hub and economic asset for Ogun State.
Governor Abiodun attributed the project’s success to the state government’s dedication, vision, and intentionality, despite political distractions, and reaffirmed their commitment to remaining focused on the development of the region.