President Muhammadu Buhari said he has approved N10 billion as intervention fund for the rehabilitation of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
The President, who made this known through his Twitter account, today , stated that he optimistic that the work would be done and completed in time.
He stated that the present administration led by him would continue to prioritise infrastructural development in the country despite the scarce resources.
“I have approved the sum of 10billion Naira for an Intervention fund for the upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. I have the assurance of the Minister of Aviation that the work will be done speedily and to the highest standards,” Buhari tweeted.
He continued, “Even as we have many items competing for our limited resources, we will continue to prioritize infrastructure investments in every part of the country. It is our responsibility to ensure Nigeria’s infrastructure is fixed; we will keep doing this.”
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) shut down on August 24, 2019 because of its dilapidated runway and other safety issues affecting the facilities.
The Airport was finally closed for operations after the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) carried out joint inspection the airport and also raised safety concerns.
Recalled that the Minister of Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika had stated that the Enugu International Airport would require N10 billion to be operational again.
He said this while addressing the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation in Abuja.
“Given the money, we have a time frame of delivering the airport before Christmas; the choice is because we understand that people travel back home during the period and we want them to find a new airport on arrival.
“We have put before government a request of N10 billion and we believe government is doing everything possible to provide the funds,” Sirika had said.