Nigeria’s Federal Airports Authority (FAAN) conveyed its “deep appreciation and gratitude” to Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for fulfilling his commitment to resolve the detected problems that have posed a risk to air travelers ‘ security at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
Speaking during the inspection tour of the airport and its surroundings to determine the level of compliance of the Enugu State Government and other appropriate organizations with the request of FAAN, the Managing Director, Hamisu Yadudu, informed Mr Ugwuanyi, who was present at the practice, that they were satisfied with the measures of his administration to date; for example, the relocation of the Orie Emene market, the abattoir and the dismantling of the Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS) Radio / TV mast promised during the inspection by the Managing Director, Chukwuma Ogbonna, will be completed in the coming month.
Mr Yadudu reported that the subject of moving the ENPOWER Free Trade Area adjacent to the airport runway was addressed with the leadership of the institution, which was confirmed during the inspection by its chief executive, Emeka Eneh.
After negotiation between the two sides, he said “the necessary land that FAAN wishes to safeguard is guaranteed” for safety and security, adding: “We are pleased with that and ENPOWER Free Trade Zone is also pleased that with the remaining land they can continue their action and improve the land.”
On the airport runway, the official also revealed that FAAN’s engineering team and its Federal Aviation Ministry advisor will “begin a extensive exercise very quickly to ensure our travelers are secure.”
The FAAN boss, who argued that “the whole problem has been addressed,” added that the agency of the federal government is working with two solution suppliers to fix the water scarcity problem and fence the airport equally.
While seeking further timely intervention from Mr Ugwuanyi, Mr Yadudu frowned at those residing “on the airfield” close the airport and asked the governor to take prompt action on the matter as normal, emphasizing that “the problem of illegal residents is of great concern for safety and risky.”
In reply, Mr Ugwuanyi, who assured the government of the state to intervene promptly, observed that his administration is fully committed to the safety of life and assets as well as the advancement of the international airport of Enugu.
The governor added that he had to shelve other formal commitments to be with FAAN leadership to guarantee that all problems that affect airport security are addressed promptly.
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