Enugu Airport: Buhari Approves 10B for Repairs
By Ufuoma Egbamuno
President Buhari has promised to look several issues affecting people of the South East geo-political zone as well as look into the expansion of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, President Buhari also approved the release of the sum of N10billion Special Intervention Fund for immediate repairs and upgrade of the airport.
Ebonyi governor, Dave Umahi made this disclosure to journalists after the meeting between President Buhari; South East governors; as well as political and religious leaders of the zone.
According to the Ebonyi Governor, the South East leaders told him the “consequences of the closure” of the airport for businesses across the geo-political zone.
"We are majorly industrialists and traders and businessmen and women and so we told him about the consequences of the closure (Enugu International Airport),” Umahi said.
Presidential Spokesperson Garba Shehu confirmed the approval of the 10 billion for the airport. According to the spokesperson, President Buhari said he was aware of the central nature of the airport, which was closed for repairs since August 24, to the socio-economic development of the Southeast.
“Nothing is now standing in between the full expansion of Enugu airport, including the extension of the runway including rehabilitation of buildings. Lots of aviation gadgets will now be installed,” Governor Umahi added.
The Ebonyi State Governor said the delegation also discussed the disconnect between various communities in the region due to bad roads. The delegation also called for federal government's intervention in the gully erosion ravaging the South East, as well as a request for rail and gas pipeline projects.
”We mentioned the need for gas pipelines to be extended to our industrial zones amongst the five South-Eastern states and of course rail: rail projects should also be started like in some other locations. And of course the situation of the road and in addition the erosion,” Umahi said.
While commending President Buhari for effectively mediating in the Xenophobic issue in South Africa, the delegation thanked Air Peace boss for helping to evacuate stranded Nigerians.
The delegation was made up of past governors, serving and former ministers, Senators, religious and traditional rulers.
Additional reports by Philip Nwelih