Joyful moment as Enugu International Airport reopens for flight operations

The Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, was on Sunday opened for flight operations.

The Airport was shut down August last year, for repair works and expansion of the runway.

Amidst jubilation by the people of the Southeast Zone, the aviation minister, Senator Hadi Sirika cut the tape on Sunday, signalling resumption of flight operations.

Sirika commended president Muhammadu Buhari for approving and releasing 10 billion naira for the rehabilitation works.

He recalled that President Buhari had asked him to embark on the rehabilitation work after safety concerns were raised and commended him for fulfilling his promise.

He further disclosed that a lot of works were done in the airport, stating that the airport could now carry out night flight operations following provision of night facilities.

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The Minister, however, noted that in the course of the rehabilitation works, they encountered a lot of challenges like Covid-19 lockdown, the Orie Emene Markert, destruction of the perimeter fencing, among others.

He expressed appreciation to the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for helping them to contain some of the challenges through the demolition of Orie Emene Markert and some Government facilities.

He commended the efforts of the South East Governors in setting up the Akanu Ibiam Rehabilitation Committee, pointing out that the committee served with patriotism.

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