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The Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Erediauwa, has requested that the Benin airport should be upgraded to an international status being one of the oldest airports in the country.
The Oba made this known when managing director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), George Uriesi, paid him a courtesy call in his palace.
Erediauwa also expressed appreciation to the aviation authorities for acceding to his request that planes should not fly directly over the palace even as he expressed surprise on the survival of a boy who stowed away on the under carriage of a plane recently.
According to a statement from FAAN, Uriesi had assured the public especially air travellers from Edo and surrounding states, that the operational facilities at the Benin airport would soon undergo major transformation.
Uriesi was in Benin to sensitise the airport community on the hazard of youths attempting to stow away on aeroplanes. He emphasised that it was a miracle that the stowaway boy survived.