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Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu to reopen March 31

The Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, which has been undergoing rehabilitation since August, 2019, is finally set to reopen March 31, 2020.

This was disclosed by the governors of the South East geo-political zone after a meeting at the Government House, Enugu, which held on Sunday.

Arising from the closed-door which lasted over five hours, the Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi, addressed journalists.

During the interaction, Engr. Umahi said that finishing touches are currently underway to see to the successful re-opening of the airport next month.

The South East governors noted the quality and speed of work by the contractor, PW Nig. Ltd., and expressed satisfaction with the progress so far made.

He assured of integrated safety and landing facilities and fencing and drainage system which were incorporated in the package.

Umahi, therefore, “commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his prompt response in full release of special funding for the project”.

He also commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State “for making more land available and his .

Umahi also hailed the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika and the Works Committee Chairman on the project, Sir. Engr. Chris Okoye and his team, for their commitment and constant supervision and monitoring of the project.

He assured the people that President Buhari, the Aviation Minister, the President’s Chief of Staff and all other stakeholders are committed to the re-opening of the Enugu airport by March 31, 2020, saying: “All inconveniences are regretted”.

The Forum also applauded the federal government on the speed and quality of the work on the ongoing Enugu-Port Harcourt federal highway.

He expressed reservations on a number of sections yet to be attended to, “especially the Abia-PH axis being handled by a Chinese Company”.

He said: “Our findings show that they are not yet properly funded, as to effect reasonable work before the rainy season.

“While thanking Mr. President and the Hon. Minister of Works for this road, we appeal that all the companies be fairly funded so as to attend to most of the deplorable sections before the rainy season.”

The forum also took a look in the 2nd Niger Bridge, following a brief on the progress of work from the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke.

The governors and other stakeholders who were present at the meeting commended the Presidency, the works minister, the Chief of Staff to the President and the Managing Director of National Social Insurance Authority (NSIA), Mr. Uche Orji, for making the all-important project a reality.

“With the level of funding by Mr. President, we are confident that this project shall be completed in his tenure”, Umahi declared.

They thanked members of Imeobi Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo for visiting them during the meeting.

They assured them that their useful advice was noted with a pledge to work with them for the benefit of the people of the zone.

Also during the meeting, the South East zone governors reiterated their resolve to launch a security outfit in the nearest future to tackle the growing insecurity in the region.

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