ByÂ Dennis Agbo
ABAKALIKIâ€”THE Senate Committee Chairman on Aviation, Senator Anyim Ude has said that the Senate is satisfied with the progress of work at the Akanu Ibiam airport in Enugu, which is under-going re-construction,Â preparatory to converting it to an international airport.
Senator Ude who spoke with newsmen, weekend, shortly after the inauguration of the Iyioji Parish of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria at Akaeze in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, said the contractor handling the Enugu airport, had assured the Senate that it would complete the reconstruction works before the end of the year, adding that after completing work at the airport, itÂ would begin to accommodate even Boeing 747, which he said is the biggest plane.
According to Senator Ude, â€œthe contractor has given us before the end of the year and we believe him. If you recall that what we are doing is bush extension because we had to clear a certain area, about 600 meters, after that we widened the exits.They are to scoop up every tar that have been there for the past 30 years and resurface it completely , and when completed, the biggest plan which is 747 can land there and take off from the airport.
â€œYou cannot taxi a big plane at the airport, because what we have is 2.6 kilometers, but if we get a minimum of 3 kilometers, the planes can land and take off and our first target is to let people from the South East take of there for the next pilgrimage and I believe it is achievable because the money has been voted for it and what we are going to budge for itÂ in the 2010 budget, will be able to give us that.
â€œSo I am satisfied. I am in touch with the PW which is the company handling the project on a regular basis and you find that in Bible, God said all things work together for good to them that love God. If you see the set up now in aviation sector, you will be impressed.â€
Senator Ude who single handedly built and donated the Iyoji parish to the Presbyterian Church urged both Christians ad Moslems to encourage peace in both their immediate families and larger society, adding that good governance starts with self appraisal and closeness with the supreme creator, God.