The Oasis Reporters
August 18, 2021
By Greg Abolo
...Inaugurates Air Peace Airline At Ibadan Airport
…Commissions Protocol Lounge
Hitherto, one airport in Nigeria that attracted more crawling lizards on its tarmac than landing aircraft, it was Ibadan airport. Anyone who needed to fly out of the South West, be it from Ekiti to Osun, Ondo and even Kwara state that is mainly Yoruba speaking but in the southern fringes of the political North, they would travel by road first to the country’s commercial capital, Lagos.
But the youthful governor of Oyo state, Engr. Seyi Makinde gave a long and hard thought over this.
He had a plan.
Revamp the Airport in Ibadan, attract airlines into it and make it a hub for travelers out of Ibadan to various destinations. That way, he’d be cutting into the booming business that Lagos State was benefitting from which has made it buoyant, financially.
He knew that doing that was going to revitalize the hospitality business in Ibadan. Hotels would receive guests, and taxes would also accrue to the State coffers.
Investors flying into Ibadan for business, would thereby avoid the traffic gridlock between Lagos and other destinations.
It would also mean heaving a sigh of relief that travelers would fly above the security challenges Nigeria currently faces.
Makinde has tantalized Air Peace Chairman to set up shop at Ibadan airport. This would mean East-Ibadan traffic. By the time Air Peace starts flying from Ibadan to Asaba and Port Harcourt destinations, he would realize that a huge revenue source had been unlocked for the benefit of financial accruals to his state, battling to increase it’s IGR.
Meanwhile, there are skeletal flight services out of Ibadan to Abuja.