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Cross River state does have an airport – one of eight Nigerian airports that fly globally

Does Cross River state in the south-south zone of Nigeria not have an airport?

A Facebook post from 9 October 2019 shows an overloaded minivan tipped on its back wheels, the cab and front wheels raised in the air.

The photo’s seemingly sarcastic caption reads: “Dis must be ibadan airline about to take off. I thank God say we noget airport for Cross River state ??”.

Ibadan is the capital of Oyo state in Nigeria’s south-west zone. The city has a major domestic airport.

Margaret Ekpo International Airport

Cross River state lies on Nigeria’s Atlantic Ocean coast, bordering the country of Cameroon to the east. The state’s capital is Calabar, and its major languages Ejagham and Efik.

And Cross River does have an airport.

Margaret Ekpo International Airport, also known as Calabar Airport, is one of Nigeria’s eight international airports. It serves Cross River with two major airlines operating scheduled flights there.

The airport is named after Margaret Ekpo. Born in 1914, Ekpo was one of Nigeria’s pioneering feminist and anticolonial activists. – Africa Check


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