Despite the zeal and efforts by the Enugu state government to upgrade and make the Akanu Ibiam International Airport safe and hazard-free, the Federal Government us set to downgrade the Enugu Airport to domestic status.
The United Patriots have described the decision of the Federal Government to downgrade the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu from handling international operations because of its inability to expand the runway as an act capable of crippling the economy of the South-East.
The party’s acting National Chairman, Chukwudi Ezeobika said this in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Saturday.
Ezeobika further described the development as an act capable of undermining national interest and unity. He said the decision was a clear sign of ineptitude on the part of the government, adding that it is against the spirit of an inclusive government.
The party chairman said, “The unfortunate plan as disclosed by the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, at the 6th Aviation Stakeholders’ Forum in Lagos on Friday, May 17, 2019, has the tendency and capacity to totally halt the already deplorable and already battered economic conditions in the South-Eastern region of the country.
“It is the responsibility of the Federal Government to enforce aviation regulations and laws within and outside our federal airports and the blame on the government of Enugu State by the Aviation Ministry is not only ridiculous but highly mischievous and misplaced.
“Being the only international gateway to the South-Eastern region, Nigerians must rise up and jointly condemn this unpatriotic decision that is about to be unjustly carried out by the APC-led Federal Government against the Nigerian people and which act, undermines the unifying spirit fought for and defended by our forebears.
“With billions of taxpayers money budgeted and approved yearly for the upkeep, expansion and maintenance of the country’s federal airports, the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu has remained the only international airport in Nigeria to receive the needed attention it deserves.
“In view of the foregoing, it has become expedient for the APC-led Federal Government to look inwards and refrain from acts capable of undermining our true federalism and federal character and immediately move to investigate the budgets and funding of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu since the inception of this administration.”