The Federal Government announced yesterday, that it was considering to concession the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
The Minsister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this information during the reopening of the airport, yesterday.
However, the President of the country and South-Easte governors, received applauded and praises for the re-opening of the airport, since its closure in August, 2019.
The speakers at the event eulogised the commitments of the federal and state government on a job well done.
Sirika represented the President, and during this event, he assured Nigerians, that the reopening of the airport, was for immediate operations. It was also revealed that he had on Saturday, approved and released N1 billion for continuation of work at the international terminal of the airport.
He said: “It’s a great pleasure for me in Enugu for this August occasion in this month of August for the reopening of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu for flight operations.
“This answers the question whether after opening, the flights will start to come. Indeed, the meaning of the opening of the airport is that it is open to flight operations.
“For the local flights, they can start from today, and the international from the 5th of September once the COVID-19 has opened the gates to come in. We are proud to say that this project being commissioned today is indeed a testimony to Mr Presidentsl’s commitment to the provision of infrastructure in the country.
“You may recall that the runway for this all important airport, which is vital for the economic development of the South East region and the country at large, was in a dilapidated state and condition, raising serious safety concerns.”
In addition to this, he noted that there were challenges in the course of carrying out the project, such as not having enough bitumen, the high price of quarry dust and COVID-19 lockdwon.
The minister in conclusion thanked the Enugu state governor, for ensuring that some challenges were tackled, timely. He directed FAAN management to continue to ensure that preventive maintenance be carried out diligently so that they would not have to go through the painful experience of closure of the airport again.