update :- ‘Enugu Airport Most Embarrassing In The World’ – Senator Egwu

The Senator representing Ebonyi North
senatorial district, Sam Egwu has described the
condition of Akanu Ibiam International
Airport, Enugu, as the most embarrassing
among its peers in the world.

In a debate on the airport which was sponsored
by Senator Chukwuka Utazi on Thursday, Egwu
lamented that the airport which serves the
people of the South East, South-South and
North-Central has been left in a dangerously
dilapidated condition.

He explained that the Ethiopian Airlines, an
international air outfit which uses the airport,
have often complained of dilapidated runways
which they have appealed to the authority for
repairs.

Enyinnaya Abaribe representing Abia Central
senatorial district, called for investigation of
the contractor that handled former repairs
works on the airport, stating that it was
unlikely that repairs were carried out during
the last administration.

Senate Deputy Leader, Bala Ibn Na’allah
posited that the Enugu Airport was technically
unsafe for landing. He explained that any
airport which has a bad runway could damage
the engine of an aircraft.

“When you say an airport is technically unsafe,
it takes into account demonstrated capacity of
the runways,” he said.

Barnabas Gemade representing Benue
Southwest, on his part, said it was late to
include the airport in the budget, noting that
Senator Chukwuka Utazi ought to have brought
up the issue prior to the planning of the
budget. He however called for supplementary
budget in that regard.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu
revealed that Ethiopian aircraft lost tyres on
two occasions while landing at the airport, and
they stopped their operations there.

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He added that other international airlines were
not forthcoming despite its international status
due to the condition of the airport.

The Senate then adopted the resolution, calling
on the federal government to resurface and
reconstruct the runway of the Akanu Ibiam
International Airport, Enugu.

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