By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Ogun State Government is partnering with a US-based Consortium, Triumvirate Group (TTG), to establish a Compact three-in-one airports.
When completed, it will have international, cargo and local airports.
The partnership also comes with road construction and rail networks, with a five-star international hotel, among others.
Commissioner for Finance and Chief Economic Adviser in the State, Mr. Dapo Okubadejo, who met with representatives of TTG at the Ministry’s conference room, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, revealed that the projects would be sited at Ajumo, Ijebu Waterside Local Government Area.
He said the project would consolidate the status of the State, as the industrial hub of the nation and boost importation and exportation of goods and services.
Okubadejo noted that the current administration was determined to turn the State around and make it a haven of investment in Africa, saying the project is significant, as it involved Public-Private Partnership (PPP).
“The plan for the State airport is going on and we believe strongly that the State Government will pursue it to a logical conclusion.
“It will be a world standard airport city, sitting on a minimum of 5,000 hectares of land, having the airport itself as an anchor project, with complimentary facilities and projects that will enhance the commercial viability of the airport, among other facilities,” Okubadejo said.
Speaking, the representative of the Group, Dr. Niyi Raji, pointed out that the project was a private sector-driven initiative, to invest and build a three-in-one Compact International Airports, adding that it is a consortium of investors with financial capabilities, expertise in execution and management of various infrastructural projects with proven record of performance.
Raji stated that the project, when fully implemented, would create mass employment opportunities for the residents, cause a paradigm shift in the volume of its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and promote the State on the global map.
“The operations of the Compact three-in-one airports coupled with the simultaneous running of both the Metroline and Road network from Ajumo in Ogun State to Ode-Omi in Lagos State would naturally deepen the economic activities of the entrepreneurs and individuals providing services for the facilities.
The investment will also open up further investments along the oil & gas, food & confectioneries, fashion & entertainment, food & agriculture and automobile workshops, among others,” he said.