South-east Governors lament poor state of Akanu Ibiam International Airport

Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu (Photo Credit: Logistics News, MOOV)
Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu (Photo Credit: Logistics News, MOOV)

The South-east Governors Forum on Sunday lamented the condition of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu State.

Rising from their meeting at Government House Enugu, the forum called on the federal government to take urgent steps to fix the decaying infrastructure at the airport.

According to them, areas that need urgent attention include the runway, terminal buildings and cargo shelter.

They also called on the federal government to urgently take steps to repair the roads in the region which are in deplorable condition.

The governors in a communique at the end of their meeting in Enugu said this is in furtherance of their meeting earlier in the month with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The communiqué released by the Chairman of the Forum, David Umahi, listed some of the roads requiring urgent attention to include the Enugu-9th Mile-Onitsha Road; Enugu-Port Harcourt Road; Aba-Ikot Ekpene Road; Okigwe-Owerri Road and 9th Mile-Makurdi Express Road etc.

The meeting also “approved the South East Economic summit in partnership with DFID to hold in Enugu from 11th to 13th November, 2017.”

The forum also approved the visit of Brenthurst Foundation of South Africa to the South-east from November 6 to 11 on an economic mission to the zone.

The meeting was held at the Government House, Enugu.

They also expressed satisfaction with the willingness of Anambra residents to participate in the November 18 governorship election, urging INEC to ensure that the exercise takes place as scheduled.

The meeting was attended by Governors David Umahi (Chairman-Ebonyi); Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu); Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, and other members of the National Assembly from the zone; President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, John Nwodo; Deputy Governors of Anambra and Imo states; some state assemblies speakers and others.


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  • Mamman

    Na wah for this country oooo…. Was it not the same Airport that Stella Oduah as Minister for Aviation renovated and Goodwick Jonathan commissioned? I remember vividly when they diverted Ethiopian Airlines flights to that Airport when they ‘renovated ‘ it. On that day, a picture of Jonathan shaking hands with Abdussamad Rabiu of BUA Group who was also at the occasion was splashed on the front pages of all major newspapers. This was ostensibly to rubbish the efforts of Rabiu Kwankwaso who was fighting tooth & nail to get the Kano Airport back into life. And now this! We really do have a problem. I think there is an urgent need to investigate those airport contracts without delay. Time to restructure, honestly.

    • Ndidi

      Yes. Restructuring will give every region/Zone a chance to progress. It’s so pitiful to see the hell on earth that Nigerians have created for themselves and their children. But Restructuring where each Zone has resource control and self-determination such that each LGA would have to generate its own internal revenue would be the force to stop this fanatic corruption and act in ways that will get us to join the serious and progressing world.