Rochas Okorocha Imo State governor, has state emphatically or publicly that the ongoing recession is not in anyway affecting his developmental strides in the state.
The governor made this statement when a a maiden flight of Imo Air owned by the Imo State Government, Tuesday, landed at the Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport Owerri with the first set of passengers.
The 140-Seater plane with Imo Air inscribed boldly on the body landed at the Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport, Monday night, and is being operated for the State by a private airline because according to the governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, the State had not got the license to operate full – blown airline.
In his speech at the Airport upon the arrival of the Maiden Imo Air, the Governor said it had been his dream and sincere desire to position Imo State on the fast lane of development, prosperity and growth.
His words, “this is a happy moment in the State. The aim of going into the Air business is because I want to drive traffic to Imo State as Imo is genuinely becoming the fastest developing City outside Abuja and Lagos.
“For this, there is need for more airlines to cushion the effects of high traffic coming to the State”.
The governor continued “Imo government does not have an operating air license. So we needed to partner with a good and qualified airline operator.
“The Imo Air will be operated by DANA and we have a contract of ten years with them. We have five of this aircraft and the first one has just landed and four other ones will start operation in few weeks time.”
The governor explained further that, “The International Cargo Airport will soon kick-start to supplement the efforts of Imo Air. In our pursuit of making Imo better, Imo International Cargo Airport will soon commence operations. Work is going on smoothly and by April God’s willing the fastest International Cargo Plane will arrive Imo State. This, we believe will help drive up commercial activities in the State.
“Imo is a hub for business and there is no better place to invest now in Nigeria than Imo State as inspite of the recession the State is still flourishing and progressing because of its visionary leadership”.
He added that the Imo Air will have 10% discount to all Imo indigenes flying the Plane and the operation will equally employ over 30% of Imo sons and daughters”.