The Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, on Monday pledged his administration’s continue support to security agencies in their fight against insecurity in the state and Nigeria in general.
Makinde made the pledge on Monday, while receiving AVM Charles Ohwo, the Air Officer Commanding, Logistics Command, Ikeja, Lagos, in his office, at the State Secretariat, Ibadan.
The governor said the country had been going through a difficult period and that the current set of leaders of in the country had been quite challenged.
He said that the names of members of the Armed Forces would be written in gold for their efforts in stemming the tide of insecurity at this point in the nation’s history.
The governor also lauded the Nigerian Air Force for its unalloyed cooperation in keeping the state safe, noting that his administration had been enjoying a cordial relationship with the Air Force.
He reiterated his commitment to upgrade the Ibadan Airport, saying that plans were in top gear to extend the runway from the current 2.7 kilometres to 3.3 kilometres to enable bigger aircrafts to land.
Makinde said that his administration would continue to expand the footprints of the Nigerian Air Force in the state.
“We are excited that we are expanding the footprint of the Nigerian Air Force here with the planned Air Force Base which we have donated land for.
“Whenever the Chief of Air Staff is ready, we are ready to do the groundbreaking.
“All the roads leading to the Airport have been awarded and we are just waiting for the contractors to mobilise to sites,” the governor stated.
Earlier, Ohwo who led other Air Force officers on the courtesy visit, assured the governor that the Air Force would be willing and ready to contribute its quota to ensure that South-West, specifically Oyo State, is safe.
He appreciated the governor for supporting Air Force, in the donations of a piece of land for the Air Force Base, new school building, transformer and other equipment.