The Akwa Ibom State Special Adviser on Technical Matters, Engr.Etido Inyang, has revealed that the Ibom International Airport recorded over 500,000 passengers.
Inyang who gave the hint yesterday in Uyo while fielding questions from Journalists at the Correspondents Weekly Arena stated that the state will continue to run the International Airport until the Federal Government is ready to take it over.
He said that the State Government would not be deterred from raising the standard of the airport especially in the area of safety.
"Although we are using all the agencies of the Federal Government to run the airport, we will keep managing the airport like that until the Federal Government comes to take over the airport", he stated.
He maintained that the present situation does not affect the development of the airport. The Special Adviser also disclosed that President Goodluck Jonathan has indicated interest to work with the state towards the completion of the Maintenance, Repairs and Overhauling, MRO, facilities in the airport.
Inyang, who has been the secretary of the airport implementation committee, averred that his team went to work to ensure that the airport operates in line with the vision of Governor Godswill Akpabio.
Furthermore, he said, with approval of the construction of an International Terminal Building by the Governor, the facility would live up to its standard as the best airport in the country.
On road construction, Inyang hinted that most of the federal roads in the state would have been reconstructed and completed by now, but work was halted after the Federal Ministry of Works petitioned against state governments for building federal roads.