The Federal Government has pledged its readiness to collaborate with Akwa Ibom State Government in turning Maintainance, Repairs and Overhaul (MRO) facilities of Akwa Ibom International Airport to a National Hanger.
President Goodluck Jonathan who made the pledge Saturday during an official reception held in his honour at Government House Banquet Hall, shortly after the inauguration an ultra-modern Governor's Office and ground-breaking ceremony of International Stadium Complex Uyo.
The President remarked '' The Federal Government has decided to collaborate with the Akwa Ibom State d Government in turning Maintainance, Repairs and Overhaul (MRO) facilities of Akwa Ibom International Airport to National Hanger, which would be of a national importance''.
He reasoned that having a national hanger was of a national interest to the country, saying ''We would continue to partner with the state and other states to bring in more development to the country. The Governor has done well"
Jonathan, who congratulated Governor Akpabio on the speedy transformation of the state particulary the commissioning of ther new Governor's Office and ground- breaking ceremony of the International Stadium, noted that it showed good leadership and what could be achieved by a leader, recalling that recently he was in the state for the inauguration of e-library and dualised Aka-Nung Udoe Road, among others.
According to him, the feat bore an eloquent testimony of Akpabio administration to modernize the state and contribute to a democratic era as well as a clear indication that democracy is taking a strong root in the state, applauding the present administration in the state for its tremendous performance in the area of infrastructure.
The President said initially he was reluctant to partner the State Government in the consturction of Federal Roads in the state, but he decided to change his mind due to the economic importance of the roads coupled with the fact that Governor Akpabio is capable of completing the job on schedule hence the approval the Federal Government gave to the state government to do so.
Governor Godswill Akpabio said the new Governor's Office was conceived to meet the demands of an ever-changing world, which is not only ICT compliant and facilities needed for e-governance and contemporary governance.
Akpabio hinted that the job was scheduled to be completed in 18 months but commended the Secretary to the State Government being Chairman of Finance and General Purposes Committee for cooperating with Julius Berger Group in completing the job in just eight months.
The Governor hoped the same thing would apply to Akwa Ibom State Stadium which foundation stone was laid today saying the stadium non completion would boast of a 30,000 seater stadium with a banquet hall, proximate conveniences for spectators, restaurants on each floor, among others.