$2B Anambra Airport City Will Be Ready In 3 Yrs – Gov Obiano. Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has promised to expedite work on the two billion dollar Umueri International Cargo Airport with a view to making the airport ready for use in three years. Apart from actualising the dream of giving the state a befitting airport, Governor Obiano said the project would be among the best and biggest of such airport city projects in Africa. Its a partnership between the Anambra State Government, China Aviation, Orient Petroleum Resources Ltd and Elite International Investment Holdings Ltd with Osike Synergy Nigeria Limited and Emsworth Oil & Gas Limited as Facilitators. He flagged off construction work on the 1,500 hectares site designated for the $2 billion airport, yesterday, at Umueri in Anambra East Local Council of the state. The project has capacity to land any known aircraft and cargo planes.
The project is actually an Airport City Model which will be developed as an integrated city comprising an airport with two standard runways, a shopping mall, industrial and business parks and an airport motel. The airport city project will be developed under a Build, Operate, Manage & Transfer (BOMT) arrangement, through the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) Anambra Airport Infrastructure Company Limited and three per cent of the profit made from the airport will be reserved for the host (Umueri) community, in perpetuity. When completed, the airport will create 1,200 direct jobs and over 6,000 indirect jobs.
The project includes an aviation fuel dump (First in Nigeria) where aircrafts will fly in to refuel, an aircraft maintenance facility, Passenger and VIP Terminal, Taxiways and Aprons, Fire Station, Control Building and Towers, Aviation Fuel dispensing facilities, airport cargo sheds, aviation training and services buildings, airport multilevel car parks, airport recreational areas, China wholesale depots, emergency service centers, etc.
Some of the guests at the flag off ceremony
The project is expected to significantly ease or possibly eliminate the current situation where merchants are engulfed in the very prolonged processes of importation of goods, thereby improving the efficiency of the supply chain. The project will also stimulate tourism and global businesses that will increase revenue to the State and grow its GDP.
Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signing between the Anambra State Government, China Aviation, Orient Petroleum Resources Ltd and Elite International Investment Holdings Ltd.at Government House, Awka
Google Earth images of the ongoing 3-Dual carriage way project that lead to the international Airport. One leads direct to Awka and parts of Anambra south areas. The second route connect Trans-Nkisi federal highway to Onitsha,And the third one connect the Igbariam/Nteje/Otuocha road/State University and parts of Anambra north.
The partners are also interested in building rail lines across the State and possibly inter-connecting the South East region.
“Ladies and gentlemen, with this project and our subsequent plan for a light rail project, Anambra State will eventually assume its rightful place as a major commercial and industrial hub in the West African sub-region. As you are aware, my administration is intensely focused on building projects that have immense economic values. That is why we have concentrated efforts in building roads and bridges that either lead to industrial clusters or the oilfields or the agricultural belt of the state.
This Airport City Project follows the same trajectory. That is why we have established a strong synergy between Orient Petroleum Resources Plc and the Airport project with a view to operating an Aviation Fuel Segment that will attract both local and foreign airlines to refuel their aircraft in Umueri. This will no doubt open a new economic corridor for our beloved state as it is expected to stimulate growth in the oil and gas sector and multiply our revenue sources. It is my candid hope also that when this airport becomes operational, the world will have a direct and easy access to the vast tourism offerings of Ogbunike Cave and Ogbaukwu Caves and Waterfalls as well as the timeless archaeological treasures of Igboukwu!.”