The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of Economy, Mr. Wale Edun, on Friday assured that the completion of Ogun State Agro-Cargo Airport, will add value to the lives of the people and contribute to the rapid growth of the state’s and the nation’s economy.
The minister stated this on Friday while fielding questions from newsmen after being conducted around the airport by Governor Dapo Abiodun.
Edun described the airport as a major economic project of the Prince Abiodun-led administration, which, when fully operational, will be a game-changer for the state.
He said, “I have had the opportunity to be here before and I know that the ARISE Agro-Cargo Industrial and Export Processing Zone, is a major economic achievement that speaks to the possibility of rapid growth of the economy, which is the objective of Mr. President to have more investments like this.
“It is the type of investment that grows the economy, that creates jobs, that reduces poverty and it is good for the people of Ogun State in particular as well as Nigeria in general that new economic life is being breath into the area.
“As for this particular facility, this airport which is reputable to have the longest runway in Nigeria, I can see the terminal building receiving finishing touches to make it a full blown international passengers and cargo airport.”
Edun, who described the project as “very impressive” with a high standard, said the governor had leveraged his experience in the corporate world to execute major projects in the state.
The finance minister, who acknowledged the current hardship in the country, however, emphasised that the government has come up with some intervention schemes to cushion the effects, noting that the transition period when reforms are implemented, always comes with pain, assuring that there is hope in the days to come.