April 8, 2019

Imo Airport fire: Flight operations resume



By Chidi Nkwopara, OWERRI.
A mysterious fire Monday razed parts of the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri.

Although no life was lost in the inferno, the most affected sections of the terminal building included the VIP Departure Lounge, as well as the Arrival Hall, before the rampaging fire was contained.



A staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, who spoke to Vanguard at the scene of the incident, on strict grounds of anonymity, said that “the welders who were working in a section of the building, complained earlier that they were getting inexplicable electric shock each time they touched the walls, but because of their commitment to their assignment, they kept working”.

However, speaking to journalists also, the Airport Manager, Mrs. Rejoice Ndudinachi, confirmed that no life was lost in the inferno.

“No life was lost in the fire. A couple of places are affected by the fire. We are following airports contingency plans, to make sure we continue with flight operations. I must also say that flight operations have commenced in the airport”, Ndudinachi said.

While apologizing to airport users for what happened, the Airport Manager equally assured that investigation into the matter would commence immediately.

For the Imo State Governor-elect, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, “the incident is most regrettable”.

Ihedioha, who spoke to journalists after being taken on a tour of the affected areas, was particularly happy that no life was lost in the incident.

“It is a thing of joy that no life was lost in the incident. This Airport is so dear to Imo people because it is the only Airport in Nigeria that was built through collective contribution of the citizenry”, Ihedioha said.

He called for immediate investigation into the incident and measures taken to avert future occurrence.