The South East Governors Forum has lamented the deplorable state of the runway, lightening and the tarmac at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu state.
Chairman of the forum and Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi on Sunday in Enugu while reading the communiqué of the governors to newsmen, called on the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika to visit the airport for an on the spot assessment and urgent intervention.
The meeting which also had in attendance Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), while appreciating the federal government for its intervention at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, however drew government’s attention to the deplorable state of the runway, the runway lights and the tarmac.
The forum also requested that urgent steps be taken to reactivate the cargo section of the airport, requesting that the minister visits the airport with experts, as a matter of urgency, for the restoration of the runway lights and other facilities.
Umahi disclosed that the forum received an interim report from the South East Consultative Committee on Health, recently inaugurated to facilitate the establishment of world class health facilities in each state of the South East zone.
The governors noted with delight the calibre of health and other professionals in the committee and urged them to work assiduously towards ensuring the transformation of the zone into a medical tourist destination in Nigeria.
The forum also disclosed that it received presentation from the South East Nigeria Development Fund (SENDEF), a financial arm of SEREDEC and urged them to channel all development plans in the South East region through the secretariat of the forum.