The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, has said his administration is planning to launch a state-owned airline, Ibom Air, to “lessen the problems currently being encountered by numerous air travellers” to the state.
Mr Emmanuel who said this during the recent annual state-sponsored Christmas Carol night, said the planned airline, which would be wholly owned by the state, would ensure the state remains a destination of choice for foreign investors.
The governor also said work was going on “steadily” on the Ibom Deep Seaport, in addition to numerous road projects across the state.
Godswill Akpabio, a senator and former governor of the state, was absent, for the first time, at the Christmas Carol which was conceived during his administration. Mr Akpabio, who helped Mr Emmanuel become governor – against all odds – in 2015, has vowed to stop his re-election in 2019.