.. Says compliance to directive should be carried out as soon as possible
The minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has applauded steps taken by the Enugu State government in a bid to improve safety at the Akanu Ibiam international Airport ( Enugu).
The minister who threatened on Friday during a stakeholders meeting that the federal government would shut down the the Airport for safety reasons like location of market close to the runway, including a television mast said in a statement today that : “We are happy to see that the Enugu state government has seen reason with the Ministry to address safety concerns raised”.
Sirika continued in the statement that: “We are appreciative that in the name of safety, Enugu State Executive Council approved the immediate closure of Orie Emene Market (abattoir inclusive) to forestall any tragedy at the Airport.
We are also happy that the Council also ordered immediate removal of all illegal structures encroaching on the land of the Airport, radio mast of the state broadcasting service, and Free Trade Zone”.
The minister said he would be extremely comfortable if compliance with the above directives from the state government are carried out as soon as possible to give the ministry the necessary allowance to carry out repairs as well as expansion and extension of the Runway.
According to him, all these will better the lot of the Enugu Airport and improve safety a hundred fold.