The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has said it has no record of a passenger airport located at Wasimi, Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State. Wasimi airport
The Director General, Musa Nuhu, stated this when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Aviation on Tuesday. Wasimi airport
He also informed the panel that necessary approval was granted by the agency for the construction of the proposed Gateway Agro Cargo Airport in Ilishan-Remo, Ikenne Local Government Area of the state – off the busy Sagamu-Ijebu Ode Express Road.
This comes on the heels of disagreement between the state governor, Dapo Abiodun and his predecessor, currently a senator, Ibikunle Amosun, regarding which of the airports should be prioritised.
While the former is pushing for the construction of an airport in Sagamu, the latter would rather have one in Wasimi constructed.
The controversy started when the committee visited the sites of the two proposed airports. Both men trying to convince the panel to ensure that their preferred projects are included in the federal budget. Wasimi airport
The Sagamu airport was conceived to support the state’s agricultural production. It was initiated by the former governor, Gbenga Daniel in 2007.
He had commenced work on the airport but did not complete it. After assuming office, his predecessor, Mr Amosun, initiated a different airport, the international airport located in Wasimi – abandoning the cargo airport project.
But the NCAA boss said the agency had no file about a Cargo Airport. The airport is currently being constructed in Wasimi, Ogun State. About N2 billion was said to have been approved for its take off in the 2021 budget. The agency only has record of the Sagamu Cargo Airport, he said.
When asked whether NCAA had any record giving approval for the establishment of Wasimi Cargo Airport, Mr Nuhu said: “I asked and I was told that there is no such document with NCAA.” Wasimi airport
Nuhu said he had no knowledge of the Wasimi airport project. He added that the state can, as a matter of fact, construct two airports.
“I have seen an approval from the Ministry of Aviation for the Wasimi Project. But in my records or in the NCAA, I don’t have anything.
“It is not in our purview to determine for a state or any entity the number of airports they want to have. All we will do is to ensure that any airport built must comply with our regulatory requirements. That is our function,” he said. Wasimi airport
The Chairman of the Senate panel, Smart Adeyemi, said the Ogun State Government had capacity to manage two airports.
Tolu Odebiyi, a member of the panel, said the NCAA was part of the project. He said the necessary approval was sought and given for Wasimi. He said it impossible to put the agency in the dark about the project. Wasimi airport
Adeola Olamilekan, a member of the panel, confirmed that documents submitted by the NCAA showed only documents for cargo airport in Sagamu.