OrderPaperToday – The Senate has called for an emergency reconstruction of the runway of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu state.
The lawmakers mandated their committee on Aviation to look into the design and construction of runway.
The Red chamber also urged the Federal Ministry of Transport and other relevant authorities, to as a matter of emergency, resurface, reconstruct and extend the length of the runway.
They lamented the several potholes and cracks created as a result of the weight of landing aircraft.
Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu is the first airport east of the Niger that was built even before Nigeria’s independence and upgraded to the status of International Airport on August 24, 2013.
The Sponsor of the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu North) in his presentation informed that the airport also lacks approach lights at two ends of the runway.
He said: “Considering that the South-east is the last, among all the geopolitical zones of Nigeria, to have an international airport, the condition of the runway of the airport is disheartening and it would not only expose users of the airport to harm and avoidable accident, it would also discourage international airlines and interests from using the airport.”
The Presiding Officer, Ike Ekweremadu conveyed his worries noting that the south east caucus has discussed the issue with the President who showed concern but “we allow disasters to happen before we act. I think we have a problem of how we respond to disasters.”
Ekweremadu described the airport as a “fraud on the government” because “it was poorly constructed.”