Ebonyi State International Airport Under Construction.

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Ebonyi State International Airport Under Construction.

Ebonyi State International Airport Under Construction.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has seen to the request of the Ebonyi State Government’s request for the construction of a new International Airport which hasbeen approved by the Federal Government.

In the approval letter signed by  Capt T A Alkali, Director Safety and Technical Policy of the Ministry of Aviation on behalf of the Minister for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, the Minister said the decision was reached after its technical team and relevant agencies visited Ebonyi state to inspect the proposed site for the airport.

The letter addressed to Governor Dave Umahi read in part “I am directed to convey the approval of the Honourable Minister of Aviation for the construction of a state-owned/financed International Airport on the inspected site”

The approval for the construction of the airport at a big expanse of land between Ezza South and Ezza North local government areas, came just after the only International Airport in the Southeast (Akanu Ibiam Airport in Enugu State) was shut down by the Federal Government indefinitely due to deplorable state of its runway.

The Minister of Aviation (State), Hadi Sirika made the disclosure at a stakeholders forum on Friday in Lagos. He said the airport will be degraded for international operations because the runway length is not ideal for such operations. According to him, the market, television masts and free trade zone needs to be relocated for the airport to be fit for safe flights. The minister also said the Lagos International Airport terminal would be partially pulled down by Julius Berger Limited for major facelift that will cost N14 billion.

This, he said, will happen after the inauguration of the new terminal.

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