The Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, has been opened for flight operations.
This was amidst jubilation by the people of the Southeast Zone as the Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika cut the tape at the opening, signalling resumption of flight operations.
Sirika commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving and releasing 10 billion naira for the rehabilitation works.
He disclosed that a lot of works had been done in the airport, and that the airport can now carry out night flight operations following provision of night facilities.
He expressed appreciation to the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for helping them to contain some of the challenges through the demolition of Orie Emene Market and some Government facilities.
Sirika further commended the efforts of the South East Governors in setting up the Akanu Ibiam Rehabilitation Committee, pointing out that the committee served with patriotism.
In his remarks, the Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum, Dave Umahi commended President Buhari for approving a special fuding for the project, describing him as a passionate leader.
Others present at the occasion were Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, represented by his Deputy, Governor Willy Obiano of Anambra State, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo, among others.
It would be recalled that the Airport was shut down August last year, for repair works and expansion of the runway.