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FG Reopens Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu

On Sunday, the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu was reopened by the Federal Government.

Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation, said at the opening ceremony that international flights will resume on the 5th of September, while local flights will resume immediately.

The Minister went on to say that the project cost the Federal Government N10 Billion Naira.

“It is a great pleasure for me to be in Enugu for this August occasion in the mount of August for the reopening of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu for flight operations.”

“The local flight can come to start from today and the international flight on September 5, once the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force has opened the gate to come in. We are proud to say that this project is indeed a testimony to Mr President’s commitment to infrastructure development in the country.”

“You may recall that the runway of this essential airport, which is vital to economic development of the region and the whole country at large, was in a very dilapidated stage and worse condition. This raised serious safety concern. It was on this basis that I approached President Muhammadu Buhari on the urgent need to reconstruct the runway and other associated works,” he said.

“Kudos to Mr President for doing this great work from limited resources available to him in order to ensure sense of belonging in the country. I believe we will soon come back again to commission another important project,” he added.

On his part, the Director-General, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), said it was a tough decision to close the runway on August 24, 2019, as the airport was crucial part of FAAN operation for revenue generation.

“But it was a decision we had to take in the interest of safety, security and economic interest of our people, our stockholders and all Nigerians at large.”

“Today, we assemble here to confidently reopen the runway to flight operations. I say confidently because we work with confidence in the business. This confidence is a necessary ingredient and component of aviation. It runs far and wide in each and every aspect of aviation. Without confidence there will be no aviation,” he said.

“Everything about aviation has to be of high integrity. That is why we worked to restore our integrity here in Akanu Ibiam International Airport runway as it stands today. This is a land mark achievement,” he said.

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