- The Senate has expressed opposition to moves by the federal government to downgrade Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu
- The Senate urged the federal government to rehabilitate the airport’s runway, for the safety of passengers and aircraft.
- The resolution was made after the lawmaker adopted a motion by Senator Victor Umeh, which was co-sponsored by 16 other lawmakers
The Senate has rejected move by the federal government to downgrade Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, just as it urged the government to rehabilitate the airport’s runway, for the safety of passengers and aircraft.
The Senate made the resolution after it adopted a motion by Senator Victor Umeh, which was co-sponsored by 16 other lawmakers.
Umeh said that the former minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed the federal government's decision.
Umeh added: “This was because of what he considered as imminent dangers posed to air travelers by the presence of a nearby market, a state radio mast on the flight path of airlines, which threaten safety of incoming aircraft.
“He also alluded his reason to an abattoir, which attracts large birds and expose airplanes to birds strikes, the location of a free trade zone and the decrepit state of the runway."
“Senate is worried that currently, the airport has only one runway which is in bad shape having been patched and lacks the second runway that should serve as an alternative in keeping with international standard.
“Senate is further worried that the runway of the airport awarded to PW PLC was carried out without internal drains which is affecting the stability of the runway, making it to crack and develop portholes."
According to him, the runway of Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport was not downgraded when it needed to be rehabilitated.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government announced that the Enugu airport would be closed down due to the state of its runway.
The minister of state for aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this in Lagos at a stakeholders’ forum on Friday, May 17.
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