Honorable Nnolim John Nnaji, Chairman House Committee on Aviation making his speech at the commissioning, Sunday, 31st August 2020
The Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Honorable Nnolim Nnaji has declared that the reopening of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport to air traffiç would boost the economy of the South East Region.
Honourable Nnaji stated this while responding to questions from journalists on the sideline during the reopening ceremony of the airport at the weekend.
The lawmaker who did not hide his joy for the completion of the reconstruction of the runway and reopening of the airport to flight operations after one year of its closure said he was excited that Akanu Ibiam International Airport has come alive again with better facilities.
He said, “the event of today will bring a lot of relief to the people of the entire South East and other neighbouring States like Cross river, Kogi and Benue who make use of the airport.
” The closure of the airport in the last one year has affected the economy of the southeast and l believe with the recommencement of flight operations, commercial activities will pick up again and am happy the Honourable Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika has assured that he will give approval for more international airliness to come to Enugu “.
Honourable Nnaji who represents Nkanu East/West Federal Constituency of Enugu State in the House of Representatives further commended President Mohammadu Buhari for approving the fund for the project in the first place and the Minister of Aviation for keeping to his promise of delivering the airport with better modern facilities.
He added that with the ongoing installation of airfield lightening systems and the construction of the international and cargo terminals, the airport will be one of the bests in the country.
Honourable Nnaji also applauded the Governor of Enugu State, Right Honourable Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for the supports he gave towards the realisation of the project and the entire Governors of the South East as well as the leadership of Ohaneze ndigbe for their commitments and steadfastness.
He equally acknowledged the supports of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, National Assembly members, the Chairman Senate Committee on Aviation,Senator Smart Adeyemi, members of the House Committee on Aviation, as well as the South East caucus in the Federal House of Representatives.
Honourable Nnaji equally praised the tenacity and dedication of the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN), Captain Rabiu Yadudu and his management team including all the heads of agencies in the aviation sector all of whom worked as a team to ensure quality delivery of the project.
- Hon. Nnolim Nnaji’s Public Relations Unit