The Oyo State Government, on Monday, donated an operational fire truck to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria for use at the Ibadan Airport.
Governor Seyi Makinde, who was represented at the event held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, by the Commissioner for Public Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Prof. Daud Sangodoyin, said the donation was to enhance efficient service delivery and maximum security at the airport.
While presenting the truck to the FAAN management, the governor stated that his administration was insistent on expanding the state’s economy through transportation, adding that air transportation was an integral part of the transport system.
He said the gesture was aimed at making the airport conducive for passengers, adding, “We are happy to donate this fire truck simply because we want to drive our economy through transport, and one of the modes of transportation is air transport; and our wish is to make the Ibadan Airport an international airport.
“To do that, all the equipment necessary for the operation must be in place. We are happy to be partners in progress with FAAN.
“We also want to advise the management to have a culture of maintaining all the equipment, because almost every quarter, there will be a check within the airport for the airlines to be able to cope with the services.
“I also want to state that they should not shy away from where they expect the government to assist them.”
The Manager, Ibadan Airport, Mrs Ayenuro Tega, appreciated the state government for the donation, which she said would enhance operations within the airport and its environs.
“It is a boost to FAAN and the country. Having this fire truck will enhance operations at the airport. So, we are very grateful,” she stated.
The presentation was witnessed by officials of the state government and the airport management.