Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has declared that the State will support efforts of the Nigerian Air Force to achieve its set objectives and expand its operations in the State.
The Governor, who stated this on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, while receiving the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on a courtesy visit to him at the State’s Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, noted that the State has been enjoying a cordial relationship with the Nigerian Air Force.
According to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, Governor Makinde added that the Government is already working on upgrading the infrastructure within and around the Ibadan Airport to enhance Air Force’s operations.
The Governor stated that his administration has been working on expanding the Ibadan Airport, including the improvement of its runway, donation of Fire Truck and the effort to put a lot of infrastructure around the Airport.
He expressed satisfaction with the relationship between the State and the Nigerian Air Force, stating that his Government will work on how to keep the relationship going and that it will do more to support the Air Force’s programme in the State; adding that it will be a thing of honour for the State to see that the Chief of Air Staff expands the operation of the Air Force.
Governor Makinde, who commended the good result recorded by the Air Force Comprehensive School, Ibadan, in the recently released West African Examination Council’s results, promised that he will ask the Ministry of Works to attend to the electricity needs of the School as solicited by the Chief of Air Staff.
He equally appreciated the Chief of Air Staff for trying to expand the operations of the Air Force in the South-West.
Speaking earlier, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar said the visit was to appreciate the Governor for uplifting the State within a short period of time.
The Chief of Air Staff also used the occasion of the visit to commend the Vice Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on the Nigerian Air Force and member representing Ibadan North-East/Ibadan South-East Federal Constituency, Hon. Abass Adigun Agboworin, for being supportive of the Force.
The event had in attendance the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Bisi Ilaka; Hon. Agboworin, Commissioner for Land, Housing and Urban Development, Barr. Rahman Abdul-Raheem; Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, COMPOL Fatai Owoseni (rtd); the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands and Housing, TPL Ademola Ajibola; the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Security, CP Sunday Odukoya (rtd); the Director-General of the Oyo State Investment Promotion Agency, Hon. Ogunwuyi, among others.