Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has expressed support for the Federal Government’s plan to concession airports in the country, including the possibility of Ibadan Airport being among those listed for concession.

Makinde made the statement at the 40th anniversary celebration of Ibadan Airport, where he emphasized the critical role that high-end infrastructure plays in the economic development of each state. The Federal Government has been working on airport concessions since 2016, starting with the major airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, and Port Harcourt.

In the meantime, the Oyo State government has been committed to the expansion and development of Ibadan Airport as a complementary facility to the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, including donations such as a fire vehicle, a service vehicle, and the construction of a 500,000-liter aviation fuel storage and dispensing facility. Makinde also highlighted the importance of improving access to the airport, including the completion of the Iwo Road bus terminal and the Ibadan-Ajia-Amuloko road to attract passengers from nearby towns, as well as the collaboration with the Osun State government to fix the Ibadan-Iwo-Osogbo road to make it easier for people in Osogbo to reach the airport.

He pledged to continue supporting the expansion of the airport and expressed interest in participating in any potential concession process. The Managing Director and CEO of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, expressed appreciation for the support of the Oyo State government and reaffirmed FAAN’s commitment to the airport’s development.

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