Written by Monday Osayande, Asaba
Delta State government is to spend N7.4 billion for the demolition of a hill disrupting air traffic, ahead of President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to the state.
The Commissioner for Economic Planning, Ken Opara, who disclosed this to journalists yesterday after the state executive council meeting held at the Government House, Asaba, said the demolition would give bigger aircraft right of entry into the Asaba International Airport.
According to him, “the hill needs to be destroyed within the next 10 days since we are expecting President Goodluck Jonathan in the state for the South-South Economic Summit. We want him to land in Asaba rather than going to Benin.”
Daily Trust gathered that the construction of the airport began in 2007 and has gulped N17.5 billion.
He stated that the job was re-awarded to three construction firms to fast-track the completion of the airport for bigger planes to land.
When asked why government is spending such a huge amount to demolish the hill, Okpara said: “It is a technical thing and not something we can describe. The hill is close to the airport, I cannot tell you the exact height but we must demolish it to allow bigger aircraft to land in Asaba.”