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Reopening of Akanu Ibiam International Airport: Sirika Relocates to Enugu

Ahead of the planned reopening of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu on Sunday 30th August 2020, Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has decided to immediately relocate to the coal city along with his officials and aides.

The Minister’s relocation to Enugu is to monitor the finishing touches being done by the contractors handling the runway reconstruction and installation of facilities at the airport.

A statement by the Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation James Odaudu said the relocation to Enugu is also to ensure that nothing stands in the way of the planned reopening.

Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika during an earlier visit to inspect the destroyed perimeter fence

There have been apprehensions about the possibility of the resumption of flights at the airport as planned, as a result of the recent unwarranted and ill-advised pulling down of about two kilometres stretch of the perimeter fence of the airport by an individual claiming ownership of the land on which the fence was raised.

The Minister has however given assurance that everything possible was being done to ensure that the people of the South East region who are the major beneficiaries of the project, begin to enjoy flight operations at the airport from Sunday.

Sirika also commends the governors of the South East states especially Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for joining efforts with the Ministry of Aviation to ensure a successful return of activities at the airport.

Recall that the Minister, during the earlier rehabilitation of the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, had similarly relocated to Kaduna for a number of days to ensure a seamless operation of flights at the Kaduna airport which then served as an alternate to the shut Abuja airport.

The Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu was shut down in August 2019 to enable the Federal government reconstruct the runway which had become so dilapidated that aviation experts described it as an accident waiting to happen.

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