…As Nigerians call for immediate fixing of Enugu Airport

It is now 44 days after the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) closed down the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu, #FixEnuguAirport.

Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu. #FixEnuguAirport #EnuguAirport
Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu. #FixEnuguAirport #EnuguAirport

FAAN had said that the Enugu Airport was shut to allow for the rehabilitation of the runway. Ever since the closed down of the airport, flights have been diverted to neighbouring Port Harcourt and Owerri from the Enugu airport.

Stakeholders have continued to decry the continued delay in the rehabilitation as they said that the development is robbing the country of revenue.

The airport has remained untouched ever since it was shut down, with many drivers using the airport as car wash.

Meanwhile, conscened Nigerians have continued to call for the immediate fixing of the Enugu airport to ease transportation and increase revenue for the government.

However, it has been more than six weeks now and the renovation isn’t ready to commence. understands that neither the firm that worked on the now dilapidated runway back in 2010 nor Julius Berger, which the governors of the South-East appealed to Federal Government to handle the reconstruction, has been mobilized to the site.

It was gathered that Julius Berger, which the governors wanted to execute the project, could not move for lack of sustainable funding agreement, especially since the work would not require any break when it starts.

Prior to this development, the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, had disclosed that the runway repairs and other renovation work would be completed by December. In a meeting with South-East governors, he assured them that the Enugu airport would be reconstructed to meet the Abuja International Airport standard. However, with the look of things, the December deadline may have to be changed.

The airport had been closed to address and resolve the existing safety and security concerns to flight operations as it had a bad runway and landing aids. International flights had been diverted to the Port Harcourt International Airport in Rivers by Ethiopian Airlines due to the closure of the airport. In the same vein, domestic flights were diverted to the Sam Mbwkwe Airport, Owerri, the Port Harcourt Airport and the Asaba Airport in Delta.

However, below are the tweets by the conscened Nigerians:

You want to grow Nigeria economy don’t sabotage Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu. #FixEnuguAirport #EnuguAirport

It’s 44 days since Enugu Airport was shut down. What are our Senators, including Ike Oha, our governors, house of reps members and Enyinnaya Abaribe doing about this? Have you heard anything from their camps? #fixenuguairport #fixsoutheastroads

Who wants to sabotage Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu status? Its 44days and repairs has not started. #FixEnuguAirport #EnuguAirport

It’s over 40 days since the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu was closed down for repairs.Does it not bother our SE Governors& lawmakers?

#fixenuguairport #fixSEroads

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