…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.
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. Happeningnownews.com 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:
“Gone are the days NDIGBO were too busy chasing money in markets, while others used propaganda to rewrite our narrative. Now we mount fire here…” – @kokopelli_Iam
— iSERVE 2050 | #LeadershipMatters #NwanyiBuIFE #ABC (@iSERVE2050) October 10, 2019
@NigeriaGov needs to urgently revisit & #FixEnuguAirport, to ease the burden of the people/travellers. December is coming, it will also solve the problem of gridlock and encourage people to come back to their home town for Christmas & New Year @hadisirika pic.twitter.com/GuOo5TSH8M pic.twitter.com/8OUUAkLPKh
— RIP Prof Nwabia🇳🇬🇰🇪🇭🇰🇧🇯 (@DeclanIfeanyi1) October 10, 2019
House of Reps Wants Buhari’s Urgent Intervention, Calls For Immediate Commencement of Work at Enugu Airport
MATTER OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE
— CoalCityConnect (@Coal_City) October 9, 2019
“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?
Who wants to sabotage Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu status? Its 44days and repairs has not started. #FixEnuguAirport #EnuguAirport @cchukudebelu @OfficialAPCNg
@iSERVE2050 @hadisirika @realnamdosky @UcheOkoyep @jacksonpbn @stjudendukwe @matthewamad pic.twitter.com/iixAHtowrE
— Alert Igbo (@alertigbo) October 10, 2019
Why does this have to be forced to trend?
Why was the airport allowed to decay to being shut down?
Why shut down without any plans of fixing it?
What’s the game?
— Chika Mbah (@chikambah) October 10, 2019
#fixenuguairport @ChimarokeNamani @iamekweremadu @SenatorAbaribe @OUKtweets @realRochas @BUwajumogu @Dr_IfeanyiUbah @SenUcheEkwunife @stellaoduah and all the @nassnigeria members from the South East, why this graveyard silence on Enugu airport? Communique isn’t enough.
— Enugu Voices (@EnuguVoices) October 10, 2019
Travelling from Enugu has become one of the hardest things since the closure of the airport without a clear-cut plan on who, what, when and how it’s to be improved on. #FixEnuguAirport@segalink @DrJoeAbah@fmaviationng @HadiSirika_Fan @hadisirika
— King Orabel (@KingOrabel2) October 10, 2019
Today, we wish to revisit this post again.
December is just two months away and as at today 8th October, 2019 work is yet to start in the rehabilitation of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu.
— CoalCityConnect (@Coal_City) October 8, 2019