On March 24 2011, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta state arranged an elaborate aircraft landing ceremony to show case the "operation" of his N40 billion Asaba International Airport with a full regimen of hired spectators. A chartered aircraft from a barely known airline -Overland Airways-owned by the Governor of Bauchi state, Isah Jaguda, landed at the airport and was received with fanfare.
SaharaReporters sources stated that the aircraft landed by way of mobile telephone communication between the pilot and air traffic controllers on the ground as the airport tower is yet to become operational.
Yesterday a citizen journalist, Prince Armour Idemude, took time to photograph the project. As these photographs reveal, the so-called "operation of Asaba International Airport" is a political scam of immense proportion. The airport is not anywhere near "operational" as claimed by Uduaghan and his handlers. It is a project still under construction.
It is unlikely that the airport would be completed by the end of 2011, but project costs are bound to go up again as Governor Uduaghan and his aides seek to deceive the people of Delta State about his phony airport project as election day approaches. Already, the project, which was originally conceived to cost N7 billion, has been reviewed four times.