‘Why exclude Enugu from airports to be reopened for int’l flights?’ Ezeoke blasts FG
Social critic, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Maazi Tochukwu Ezeoke has lambasted the Federal Government for excluding the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, from airports to be reopened for international flights after the COvid-19 lockdown.
In a letter addressed to the National Coordinator, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, Maazi Ezeoke wondered why Enugu Airport is not in the list of airports to be reopened.
He wrote: “Dear Sani Aliyu, why have you decided not to include Enugu Airport in the list of airports to be reopened for international flights soon?
“Note, based on your decision Ethiopian Airlines has cancelled all flights to Enugu this Christmas.
“We demand to know why we are being treated differently!”
In the letter, he noted that the task-force was to install protective PVC-shield at the Enugu Airport arrival and departure desks but has not been done.
He then wondered why the task force refused to carry out such a flimsy task whose total cost is about a paltry N500,000:
“Your task-force is to install protective PVC-shield at the Enugu Airport arrival and departure desks. Note, this has not been done!
“Sadly, this forms one of the reasons why you refused to include Enugu Airport.
“Total cost to do this is about N500,000, yet your team ignored it, why?”
The philanthropist cum entrepreneur, therefore, volunteered to install the PVC-Protective shields to ensure that the airport starts receiving international flights before yuletide.
He said: “I am offering to take over cost of the installing those PVC-Protective Shields!
“All we demand is for an Airport that was commissioned with needless fanfare on the 30th of August, 2020, to start receiving international flights before the December high season!”
When ElombahNews contacted him and asked him if he is sure that the Presidential Task Force Coordinator is in the know of this development, he replied:
“Be rest assured, he is aware and he knows what I am talking about, Hence my tagging the minister of aviation who had also intervened.
“They are pushing us to test our endurance limit.”
ElombahNews asked why the Enugu State Government seems nonchalant about the development.
His response was that the Attorney General of Enugu State through the office of the governor seems comfortable that his state is without flight and all road leading to the east is occupied by soldiers and all sorts of task force.
“Economic impact of this should bother the governor more than land grabbing,” he concluded.