Six years after the construction of the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility by the Akwa Ibom State Government, the facility is yet to be put to use by the country. The project cost the state government about $100m to construct and equip. The facility, commissioned in December 2012 by Godswill Akpabio when he was Governor, was to cater to maintenance on Boeing 737 aircraft, which is about 70 per cent of commercial airplanes by indigenous airline operators, Airbus and Bombardier aircraft.
A source close to the state government said that the government initiated the project as a joint venture with the Federal Government, but the government at the centre during the construction of the project refused to fulfill its own part of the agreement and didn’t provide the rewuired counterpart funding.
A government source in Akwa Ibom said that the state government had planned to reduce capital flight with the construction of the facility, but was surprised at the turn of event.
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