Sell Calabar Airport And Build Road To Uyo – Techpreneur, Mark Essien

In Breaking News, Business & Economy, National News

By Jonathan Ugbal

Mark Essien, the chief executive officer of online hotels booking firm, has sparked a row on Twitter over his call for the sale of the Margaret Ekpo International Airport in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

Essien in a tweet thread argued that since the airport was in the center of the town, it can be converted into real estate while the state uses the Uyo airport.

“In my opinion, Calabar airport should be sold and converted into premium real estate (it is in Center of town), and the money used to build a bridge linking Uyo airport to Calabar direct. This way, Uyo airport becomes bigger – more flights. Int’l could start coming there,” Essien tweeted.

He suggested the construction of a new road linking Calabar and the airport which will take 30 minutes maximum.

Essien who was accused of suggesting such because he hails from Akwa Ibom, maintained that both states can share revenue as it was not profitable to have both airports in operation.

Founder, Topaz ICT Solutions Limited, Thankgod Ukachukwu PHOTO: Twitter/tksilicon

His position was greeted with mixed responses with one user, Thankgod Ukachukwu, whose profile said is the founder of Topaz ICT solutions limited, giving his reasons why it wasn’t a viable idea.

“The issue we have with intellectuals is that they make sweeping generalisations and believe they’re expert in every area. Attached is the distance from Calabar to Uyo. Someone flies to any of the airports and spends another 1 hour plus getting into either towns. Ludicrous!” Thankgod tweeted.

He argued that with the federal system practiced in Nigeria, both states can’t share revenue and maintained that both airports will become more viable in time even as he wondered why an investor has to spend a long time from the airport to his destination.

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