Members of the House of Representatives have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, intervene and order immediate commencement of Work at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu.
The lawmakers made the call in a motion sponsored by Hon. Toby Okechukwu, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejocha, Hon. Pat Asadu Oziokoja, Hon. Ofor Chukwuegbo, Hon. Amadi Oguerinwa Dennis, Hon. Oke Martins, Hon. Nnaji Prince Cornelius, Hon. Simeon Atigwe, Hon. Blessing Onuh, Hon. Uko Nkole, Hon. Darlington Nwokocha, Hon. Valentine Ayika, Hon. Francis Ottah Agbo and Hon. Benjamin B. Mzondu.
The motion titled “Matter Of Urgent Public Importance: Need To Ensure Speedy Rehabilitation Of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu“, reads:
Notes that on August 24, 2019, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) closed down Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu to allow for rehabilitation works of the runway.
Aware that the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Hardi Sirika visited Enugu and after a meeting with governors and stakeholders in the South East, affirmed that the rehabilitation would be completed by Christmas 2019.
Alarmed that six (6) weeks after closure of the airport, no rehabilitation or reconstruction work has begun at the airport even as there are no indications that the contractor would mobilize to site any time soon.
Concerned that the major arterial routes leading to other alternate airports or leading to the southeast have dilapidated and burdens the travelling public.
Disturbed that in spite of the December 2019 deadline which is fast approaching, no contractor has been mobilized to the site and no fund released for the rehabilitation works.
Worried that the closure of the airport has exposed the travelling public to avoidable inconveniences and frustrated their ease of doing business.
Convinced that the funding model for the renovation of Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja would save Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu from protracted closure.
Recognizing that Akanu Ibiam International Airport is critical to the safety, economic and social lives of most Nigerians and foreign travelers.
The House, therefore, resolved to:
Call on Mr. President to intervene and ensure immediate commencement of works at the Airport, Mandate the House Committee on Aviation to interface with the Minister of Aviation to ensure immediate commencement of works, Call on the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing at the interim to expedite repairs of the major roads leading to the alternative routes and airports to alleviate the suffering of members of the public.
Source: Elombah News