Why reconstruction of Enugu airport runway is yet to commence —Sirika

Nigeria’s  Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has announced that the reconstruction of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, runway would include a cargo terminal as part of its components.

This is just as he said contractors for the projects were yet to mobilise to site due to his ministry’s wait for the approval of funds by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) since the projects were not captured in the 2019 budget appropriation.

Sirika who made this known during a meeting with the House Committee on Aviation in Abuja, assured that the mistakes made in the last reconstruction project would be corrected.

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According to the minister,  the runway would be extended to accommodate the installation of approach lights for the airfield lighting systems to enable the airport function properly as an international aerodrome.

Sirika emphasised that the Federal Government was passionate about the airport not just because it was the only international gateway to the people of South East region, but because it was one of the oldest airports in the country.

According to him, the over N10 billion needed for the reconstruction was coming under special intervention fund because the project was being treated as an emergency case, adding that the collapse of the runway was not envisaged.