Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has finally approved the sum of N10 billion for the repairs of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu State, Nigeria.
Buhari tweeted on Thursday.
“I have approved the sum of 10 billion Naira for an Intervention fund for the upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu,”
“I have the assurance of the Minister of Aviation that the work will be done speedily and to the highest standards.”
“It is our responsibility to ensure Nigeria’s infrastructure is fixed; we will keep doing this.”
The airport which was closed on August 24, 2019, after the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria announced the closure for the reconstruction of its runway. The abrupt closure of the airport with only a week`s notice and without any further information and commencement of repairs attracted several condemnations by many professional groups in and outside Nigeria.
Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu State, Nigeria, serves as the only international airport in the Southeast region of the country.
The airport has been closing by 6 pm daily owing largely to the absence of airfield lighting and approach light.
The deplorable condition of the airport has hindered its capacity to generate revenue for the federal government of Nigeria as discovered by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).