Firm to bring aircraft repair facility, training school to Ogun Airport

 

President/ Chief Executive Officer of AirFirst Maintenance and Engineering Limited, Mr. Gbolahan Abatan has concluded plans to bring huge investments to the Gateway International Agro Cargo Airport with an aircraft maintenance and repair facility as well as a flight training school for young pilots and aircraft engineers.

Abatan made the disclosure when he visited the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, in his office. He commended the governor for building a world-class airport in the state.

The facility, when fully operational, will ensure that most aircraft are not flown overseas for routine maintenance.

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According to him, the company also plans to start aircraft assembling at the facility.

He further said that the company, when fully operational, would create jobs for the locals and people from other states.

“We had a great discussion (with the governor), and the encouraging thing is that the governor has assured us that he will give us all the necessary support to get things going.

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Base Maintenance Manager, AirFirst Maintenance and Engineering Ltd, Engr. Daniel Ameh; President/Chief Executive Officer, AirFirst Maintainance and Engineering, Engr. Gbolahan Abatan; Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State; and Director, Business Development, AirFirst Maintenance and Engineering, Mr. Bukola Feyisitan, during a meeting with the governor at the Government House, on the proposed launch of an aircraft maintenance and repairs facility at the Gateway International Agro-Cargo and Passenger Airport, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State…recently.

“So, hopefully, with our certification process in place, we should be able to move in by the end of June to commence our activities at the airport.

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“We also want to establish our flight training school for young pilots and aircraft engineers to be trained as well and we already have some aircraft in mind to use; we will eventually be able to assemble the aircraft when we bring them. This will help us to create jobs for the locals and indigenes from other states,” he said.

In his remarks, Commissioner for Transportation, Gbenga Dairo, described the facilities at the airport as first class with the longest runway in the country, adding that the technology being deployed at the airport for aircraft and airport management is the best.

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Dairo, while noting that AirFirst has a track record of excellence in aircraft maintenance, added that the state was delighted with the establishment of the foremost aircraft maintenance company at the airport.

Wole Shadare

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