Officials at the Bebi Airstrip in Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River State have indicated plans to commence flights in the first week of March in a bid to make the Obudu Mountain Resort which falls within the Local Government more accessible to Tourists.
The Community Development Officer, Department of Tourism Development, Cross River State Government, Mr. Clement Anake made this known while briefing members of the National Good Governance Tour on Monday during an inspection of the Airstrip.
According to him, the Project is key to boost accessibility to the Obudu Ranch Resort to step up tourism development in the state.
He also said the state government funded the asphalting of the runway.
Earlier, the Station Manager, Mr. Okoronkwo informed that the facility has a 1.8kilometers runway with landing lights.
He said the facility was refurbished in 1999 and the state was collaborating with the Federal Government on the facility.
The Station Manager said when the accreditation process is completed with Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) 3 flights would be run weekly.
He also said the Very High Frequency Omini-directional Range Navigational equipment at the facility was procured and installed by the Cross River State Government (DVRO).
According to him, the DVRO is accessible by aircrafts 15kilometers from afar and is jointly managed by NAMA and the Cross River State Government.
Okoronkwo also disclosed that an ATR-42 aircraft which can accommodate 54 passengers has been procured by the
Cross River State government and is being managed by Aero Contractors.
Also speaking, the Secretary to the Cross River State Government, Mr. Mike Aniah said the airstrip is entirely run by the State Government and the collaboration with the Federal Government is in the area of accreditation.
He equally stated that certification was being expected from relevant agencies to commence full flight
In his remarks, the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Mrs. Kehinde Ajoni called for the timely certification of the facility.
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