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CLAIM: A frontline supporter of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Reno Omokri has claimed that 15 years after the people of Anambra voted Peter Obi, the state doesn’t have an airport.

Source: BuzzNigeria

Verification:

A civil (passenger) airport is a place for the take-off and landing of commercial aircraft and is equipped with the necessary aviation facilities, including a control tower.

Checks by Daily Trust have shown that since December 2, 2021, flight operations for both passenger and cargo commenced at the Anambra International Airport. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had approved the opening of the newly built Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport for commercial operations with effect from December 2021

Speaking on the development, the former Anambra State Commissioner for Works, Mr. Marcel Ihejiofor, said with the NCAA clearance, airlines already approved by the relevant authorities to operate at the Anambra airport such as Air Peace, Ibom Air, United Nigeria and others were expected to start scheduling flights into and out of the airport immediately.

Subsequently, the state Commissioner for Transport, Mrs. Patricia Igwebuike, recently disclosed that discussions are ongoing with some airlines in France, Germany and United States to commence international operations at the airport.

Before December 2021, people from Anambra who wish to fly out of the state were using the Asaba international airport built by the Delta State government.

Conclusion

Checks by our fact checkers revealed that Anambra State currently has an operational civil passenger airport; hence the claim by Omokri is false.

This Fact Check is produced in partnership with the Center for Democracy and Development (CDD)

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