By Godson Ikiebey-
The minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, has said that the federal government has approved the overhaul of existing facilities at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
He made this known while addressing journalists on Thursday, November 7, 2019 after an inspection of the airport facilities.
The federal government had, in August, 2019 suspended flight operations at the airport following safety concerns raised by the ministry of aviation.
It ordered for the upgrade of facilities at the airport, including the completion of the international terminal and cargo sections of the airport.
The minister said that the contract awarded to PW Construction Company would see a total renovation and reconstruction of facilities at the airport. He said:
“The contractor has mobilised to site and we are here to see the progress of work so far done. My coming is also a fulfilment of my promise to relocate to the state until the work is delivered”.
Sirika disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari had assured that the international wing would be funded until its completion.
“I want to assure you that this procurement of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport reconstruction, rehabilitation of the runway and other associated works will be delivered prudently in the interest of all.
“When completed, the airport is going to be one of the best and most modern airports in Nigeria”.
The minister said the government had also directed the immediate rehabilitation of roads leading to nearby airports such as the Owerri Cargo Airport and Asaba Airport.
He said that the directive was to ease the burden occasioned by the closure of the airport.