The president disclosed this via his twitter account. He said; “I have approved the sum of 10 billion Naira for an Intervention fund for the upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.”
There might be light at the end of the tunnel for the repair of Akanu Ibiam International airport, Enugu as president has approved for the release of N10bn for the airport 56 days after it was shutdown.
He went on to say that the Minister of Aviation has assured him of the speedy completion of the project.
“I have the assurance of the Minister of Aviation that the work will be done speedily and to the highest standards.”
The president, however, maintained that despite the lean resources available to the government, they will continue to prioritize the fixing of infrastructure.
“Even as we have many items competing for our limited resources, we will continue to prioritize infrastructure investments in every part of the country.
“It is our responsibility to ensure Nigeria’s infrastructure is fixed; we will keep doing this.”
Recall that Governors from the south East had decided to meet with the President on Thursday (today) after their meeting on Monday to discuss the state of infrastructure in the zone.
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The five South East governors meeting with all security Chiefs in Enugu has ended with them issuing strong-worded communiqué at the end of the deliberation.
There have been tensions in the region due to the activities of the Fulani herdsmen bandits, causing many deaths and creating internally displaced persons, IDP in the communities.
Igbo youths have recently like before issued statements that their governors and other political leaders in the region are not doing enough to checkmate these attacks and stop the activities of these bandits
The communiqué reads as follows
Enugu airport to open December 2019 after renovation.
Joint air patrol to flush out bandits in all the forests in southeast.
No more foot movement of cattle and herdsmen from one state to another.
No more foot movement of cattle from community to another across farmlands.
Any cattle herder with gun or machete will be arrested.
Southeast governors never invited the army nor requested for Operation Python dance in the region.
Adequate security to be provided along the routes to Owerri airport where flights have been diverted due to closure of Enugu airport.
Southeast governors to meet with Mr President.
Commended governor Ugwuanyi for establishing forest guards and asked other states to take a cue from Enugu state government and establish forest guards.
Here is the full communique on papers.
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The Senate, yesterday raised the alarm over what it described as the decay and a looming disaster at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. It said the looming disaster, if not immediately nipped in the bud, will endanger lives of air travellers.
In the same vein, the Senate has mandated its Committee on Aviation to investigate the circumstances surrounding the award of contracts for renovation of airports in the country and shoddy jobs that have resulted in the sorry-state of affairs of the various airports.
The Senate arrived at the decision after Senator Chukwuka Utazi from Enugu State moved a motion tagged: “The need for urgent renovation of the facilities and infrastructure of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.”
It called on the Federal Ministry of Aviation and other relevant authorities to, as a matter of urgency, repair the damaged parts and renovate facilities at the airport and other airports in the country which requires such attention, to reduce the dangers to which users of the airports are exposed.
Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who also hails from Enugu, lamented that whenever it rained, the flood takes over major parts of the airport.
He added that the runway of the airport, which was upgraded to the status of an international airport, on August 24, 2013, is bad and has, on different occasions, damaged planes.
Describing the state of the airport, Utazi said debris and windblown garbage litter the inside of the buildings, thereby, putting passengers, staff and other users of the airport in danger.
“Considering the South-East is the last, in all the geopolitical zones to have an international airport, this development is disheartening and would not only expose users of the airport to harm, but also discourage international airlines and other interests from using the airport.
“The current dilapidated state of the facilities and the infrastructure of the airport is a huge disincentive to the use of the airport and endangers the lives of the people who use it, besides being a bad testament to the standard of infrastructure in Nigeria’s critical aviation sector,” Utazi said. (The Sun)