Imo governor-elect Emeka Ihedioha inspects burnt airport

Imo governor-elect Emeka Ihedioha inspects burnt airport

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.

Emeka Ihedioha, Imo state governor-elect during his tour of the burn airport in Owerri. Credit: Emeka Ihedioha

Emeka Ihedioha, Imo state governor-elect during his tour of the burn airport in Owerri. Credit: Emeka Ihedioha
Source: Twitter

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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.

The fire, according to reports was started as a result of electrical problems

The fire, according to reports was started as a result of electrical problems: Credit: Emeka Ihedioha
Source: Twitter

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.

Emeka Ihedioha during the inspection of the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri

Emeka Ihedioha during the inspection of the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri. Credit: Emeka Ihedioha
Source: Twitter

“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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Source: Legit Newspaper

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