By Lawani Mikairu
Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika Saturday commended the government of Enugu State for responding immediately to call by the federal government that obstacles around the Akanu Ibiam Airport ,Enugu be removed by the state government.
This is coming on the heels of the minister decision to downgrade the airport from an international airport to local airport.
In a statement yesterday, the minister said : “Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika wishes to acknowledge steps taken by the Enugu State government in a bid to improve safety at the Akanu Ibiam international Airport ( Enugu).
“We are happy to see that the Enugu state government has seen reason with the Ministry to address safety concerns raised.
” We are appreciative that in the name of safety, Enugu State Executive Council approved the immediate closure of Orie Emene Market (abattoir inclusive) to forestall any tragedy at the Airport.
“We are also happy that the
Council also ordered immediate removal of all illegal structures encroaching on the land of the Airport, radio mast of the state broadcasting service, and Free Trade Zone.
” We, however, would be extremely comfortable if compliance with the above directives from the state government are carried out as soon as possible to give us necessary allowance to carry out repairs as well as expansion and extension of the Runway.
“All these will better the lot of the Enugu Airport and improve safety a hundred fold. ” the statement added.