The former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has congratulated the Enugu State Governor, of Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Minister of Transportation, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, on the landing of the first Cargo Plane at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
Speaking with journalists during the valedictory service for the retired Anglican Archbishop of Lagos Mainland, Prof. Adebayo Akide at St. Jude’s Anglican Church Yaba, Obi said like other Nigerians, he gets excited with any positive development capable of accelerating the progress of the country.
Obi revealed that he had to call and congratulate the Governor of Enugu State because, according to him, he discussed the issue with him during their last meeting and was aware of the great efforts he was putting towards the expansion of flight operations at the airport.
He also said he called Amaechi and used that opportunity to thank him for sustaining the development at the airport, especially the near completion of the international terminal started under the former president, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
The former governor encouraged both the governor and minister to sustain the efforts by working towards the construction of a proper cargo shed and repair of the runway before the completion of the international terminal.
“As the only international gate way into the East, proper operation of the airport will contribute a lot to the economic development of the country,” he said.
Concluding, he took the opportunity to call on the federal government to continue to treat the federal roads in the South-east as priority projects, considering the level of their degradation.
“The people of the South-east made efforts under Jonathan for the rehabilitation of South-east federal roads, which yielded results as portion of roads were being worked on. We hope the efforts would even be doubled now,” he added