Ondo state has joined the nation’s aviation commercial route, with the official landing of Air Peace in Akure.
Travelling by air from Lagos to Benin takes about 30 minutes but to Akure, the Ondo state capital, it is about 20 minutes.
An excited Governor Rotimi Akeredolu expressed happiness at the decision of Air Peace to extend its domestic flight operations to Akure, the state capital.
He said his administration decided to partner Air Peace because of its belief that air connectivity would help attract investors to the state. “Our drive today is for investment and a lot of our investors want to come in. We have had problems with them since I came into office because they have always complained about the time they used in travelling from Lagos and the hazards on the road. As we all know, the roads are not so good in terms of physical state and other hazards like armed robbery and kidnapping. So, we are so worried that a number of them after coming here do not want to return.”
According to the State Chief Executive, some civil servants on official duties have also been kidnapped on the same route, but the move by the airline will help to avoid such incidents”.
He disclosed that a circular had already been issued making it mandatory for government officials and employees on official engagement to Lagos to fly with the airline.
Chairman, Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, expressed optimism that the beginning of direct flight operations between Akure and Lagos would jump-start investment efforts. “Ondo State is an oil producing state. It also has a lot of agricultural products attractive to investors. So, it has a lot to give to Nigeria and humanity. We are optimistic that if we are able to sustain this operation, a lot of jobs will be created and business opportunities will increase here in the next few months”.