The governor-elect of Imo, Emeka Ihedioha, on Tuesday, April 9, inspected the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri, the state capital which was burnt by a fire incident on Monday.
The governor elect who disclosed this in a tweet on his Twitter page said: "I just left the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri, where I came to inspect the level of damages done by the fire incident that happened some few hours ago."
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that there was pandemonium at the Imo state International Cargo Airport on Monday, April 8, as a section of the facility was razed by fire.
The director of the state fire service, Japheth Okoroafor, when contacted, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the fire started as a result of electrical problems.
He lamented that the fire service which reported at the scene would have had more success barring their lack of equipment.
Okoroafor said that the VIP lounge was badly damaged before the fire could be controlled.
“We have only one fire truck servicing the entire state; this operation would have been more successful if we had the necessary equipment.
“We want to use this opportunity to call on the government to equip us as we are in serious need of upgrading because such incidents can happen at any time,” he said.
The head of Imo, Abia operations office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Evans Ugo, when contacted said he could not comment as the Agency were yet to visit the site.
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Meanwhile, Henrietta Yakubu, general manager, corporate affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the authority has commenced preliminary investigations into the cause of the incident.
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