Kasim Sumaina in Abuja
The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, on Thursday said that the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, would be reopened on August 30, 2020.
Sirika stated that the airport has attained 95 percent completion after inspecting the work done so far at the airport.
He said in a video message sent through the Director, Public Affairs of the Ministry of Aviation to journalists in Abuja that government recognised the importance of the airport to the whole of the South East region and the hardship occasioned by its closure.
The reopening of the airport, which was closed down last August for rehabilitation work, was initially billed to take place before Easter 2020 but had to be changed because of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic disease.
The minister commended the Enugu State Government and the Southeast’s governors for their corporation and stated that the newly built runway is one of the best in the country at the moment.
He said: “It would be noted that the present administration met the terminal project at about 20 percent but had taken it to about 60 percent completion stage.”