Ogun, Nigeria: In a significant stride towards bolstering economic growth and alleviating congestion in Nigeria’s commercial hub, the Ogun State Government has announced the imminent commencement of operations at its state-owned Agro-Cargo International Airport.
Located at Iperu-Ilishan Road in Ikenne Local Government Area, this multipurpose facility is poised to become a game-changer in the region.
Dare Odufuwokan, the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor of Ogun on Public Communications revealed this exciting development during a recent interview on the TVC Breakfast Show in Lagos.
Odufuwokan outlined that the airport, strategically positioned in the Remo economic zone of the state, is meticulously designed to offer cargo and passenger services.
The proximity of the Agro-Cargo International Airport to Lagos holds promise for alleviating the chronic congestion issues faced by ports in the commercial capital.
Odufuwokan emphasized that once operations commence at the facility, there would be a substantial reduction in the congestion plaguing Lagos ports, offering a breath of fresh air to the bustling commercial activities in the region.
Furthermore, Ogun State is not merely stopping at the airport project. The government has embarked on complementary infrastructure development, including the construction of the Dry Port in Kajola and the Olokonla Port.
These strategic initiatives aim to alleviate pressure on neighbouring Lagos State ports, fostering a more balanced and efficient distribution of cargo traffic.
The Senior Special Adviser expressed confidence that the impending commencement of operations at the Agro-Cargo International Airport signifies Ogun State’s unwavering readiness for business.
Beyond easing congestion, the airport is expected to be a catalyst for job creation, the establishment of new towns, and the emergence of a vibrant economic zone around the facility.
The construction of the Agro-Cargo International Airport commenced in April 2021, but its approval by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) dates back to 2008.
The cargo hub, touted as an aerotropolis, features an international testing centre for certifying export goods and a special agro-processing zone to process raw agricultural materials for export.
Strategically situated to serve heavy industries along the Lagos-Ogun corridor and the Agbara Industrial Layout, the airport boasts an array of features.
These include a 3.4km runway, apron, passenger terminal, control tower, taxiway, fire station, electrical substation, fuel depot, patrol road, non-instrument navigation, gate, fence, and drainage system.
As the Agro-Cargo International Airport gears up for operations, it symbolizes a milestone not only for Ogun State but for the broader economic landscape of Nigeria.
The integrated approach to infrastructure development and the focus on decongesting existing port facilities underscores the state government’s commitment to fostering sustainable economic growth.
In conclusion, the impending inauguration of the Agro-Cargo International Airport is a testament to Ogun State’s proactive stance in enhancing connectivity, spurring economic activities, and positioning itself as a hub for trade and commerce in the region.
As the year draws to a close, all eyes are on the skies, anticipating the takeoff of a transformative chapter in Ogun State’s economic journey.
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