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Akanu Ibiam International Airport: Sirika relocates to Enugu for reopening

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Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has relocated to Enugu, South East, Nigeria ahead of the planned reopening of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport slated for Sunday, 30th August, 2020.

The reopening of the International Airport followed its shut down on 19th August, 2019 to pave way for rehabilitation to a useable world standard.

In a statement made available to CAPITAL POST in Abuja on Thursday by the Ministry’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr. James Odaudu said, the Minister, his officials and aides relocated to Enugu to monitor the finishing touches being done by the contractors handling the runway reconstruction and installation of facilities at the airport.

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It is also to ensure that nothing stands in the way of the planned reopening.

There have been apprehensions about the possibility of the resumption of flights at the airport as planned, as a result of the recent unwarranted and ill-advised pulling down of about two kilometres stretch of the perimeter fence of the airport by an individual claiming ownership of the land on which the fence was raised.

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The Minister has however given assurance that everything possible was being done to ensure that the people of the South East region who are the major beneficiaries of the project, begin to enjoy flight operations at the airport from Sunday.

Sirika also commends the governors of the South East states especially Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for joining efforts with the Ministry of Aviation to ensure a successful return of activities at the airport.

Recall that the Minister, during the earlier rehabilitation of the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, had similarly relocated to Kaduna for a number of days to ensure a seamless operation of flights at the Kaduna airport which then served as an alternate to the shut Abuja airport.

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The Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu was shut down in August 2019 to enable the Federal government reconstruct the runway which had become so dilapidated that aviation experts described it as an accident waiting to happen.

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