President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, October 17, announced the approval of the sum of N10billion for the rejuvenation of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu State.
Buhari made this disclosure via a series of tweets on his verified handle.
“I have approved the sum of 10 billion Naira for an Intervention fund for the upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu,” the president tweeted.
I have approved the sum of 10 billion Naira for an Intervention fund for the upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. I have the assurance of the Minister of Aviation that the work will be done speedily and to the highest standards.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) October 17, 2019
“I have the assurance of the Minister of Aviation that the work will be done speedily and to the highest standards.”
Buhari further reiterates his administration’s efforts to prioritise infrastructure development in every part of the country, stating that “it is our responsibility to ensure Nigeria’s infrastructure is fixed; we will keep doing this.”
Earlier on Thursday, South-East Governors, leaders of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and religious leaders met with President Buhari to press their demands for a special fund for the rehabilitation of the closed Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu State.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Dave Umahi pleaded with the President for declaration of the state of emergency on roads and erosion in the South East.
The Igbo leaders also called for special funds for the closed Enugu Airport as was done when the Abuja airport was closed.
He said, “We are here to kindly urge Mr President to approve special fund for the Akanu Ibiam Airport just like what was done for Abuja Airport.”
He also said that the closure of the Enugu airport has grounded activities in the region and causing great hardship on the people.
The deplorable South East roads, he said, have made the lives of the people miserable.
In August, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria announced the closure of the airport, for the reconstruction of its runway. The airport serves as the only international airport in the Southeast region has been underutilized due to its bad state.