Enugu state government said it has concluded plans to establish a state-owned airline, Enugu Air, within the next 15 months
The State Commissioner of Transportation, Obi Ozor, made this disclosure during a meeting with the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Aviacargo committee in the state airport.
He noted that the state’s Governor, Peter Mbah, is committed to the transformation of Enugu state into a commercial hub within Nigeria. With a population of over five million people.
Ozor who is also the CEO of Kobo360, a logistics startup said that Enugu Air is envisioned to operate as a multi-faceted transportation system, encompassing both passenger and cargo services.
In his words:
“We want to establish an airline, Enugu Air, which will handle both passengers and cargo operations, especially on the cargo side to be able to use that as a channel to encourage the export of valuable agro-products.
“We are also building inland terminals for the export of further agricultural commodities, and mining products to serve South East and North Central.
“On the passenger side, we want to use the airline to bring investors in and out of the state, as we are the regional hub of South East.
“So that is part of the works, and our Governor is very committed to this. Enugu has one of the largest educated populations in Africa. Out of the 5 million citizenry, 76 percent of them are under the age of 35.
“63 percent of them are very educated. So you’re looking at a state with over two million young and educated talent.
“I do not know of any state in an Africa country where you have over two million highly educated and tech-savvy youths.”
Source: The Vanguard