On Thursday, the Senate the Federal Government not to degrade the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, as earlier threatened by Hadi Sirika, the immediate past minister of aviation. The upper chamber also urged the Federal Government to reconstruct the runway of the airport for the safety of passengers and aircrafts in conformity with international aviation standards.
The Senate passed the resolutions following a motion sponsored by Senator Victor Umeh, titled ‘The threat to downgrade the Akanu Ibiam International Airport.’ The red chamber further asked the Federal Government to take steps to complete the new terminal building of the Enugu International Airport and put it to use by foreign and local airlines.
It also urged the Federal Ministry of Aviation and its agencies to develop a water source from the nearby Ekulu River for the use of the airport. The Senate expressed appreciation to the Enugu State Government for swiftly demolishing and ordering the relocation of the Orie Emene Market, shutting down the nearby abattoir and ordering the immediate removal of the broadcasting mast and other illegal structures close to the airport.