Enugu executive debunks NRC’s claims on efforts to verify protected reopening of Akanu Ibiam Int’l Airport

The Enugu State Executive has expressed dismay over what it described as “unlucky, planned and malicious falsehood” towards it and its construction regulate company, the Enugu Capital Territory Construction Authority (ECTDA), through the Enugu zone of the Nigeria Railway Company (NRC).

A remark through the State Commissioner for Data, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, mentioned the “calculated try to carry the state to disrepute is because of the state govt’s resolution to completely enforce the request of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the solution of the South East Governors’ Discussion board (SEGF) through getting rid of all obstructions to the reconstruction and significant infrastructure works on the Akanu Ibiam World Airport, Enugu, geared toward making improvements to the security requirements of the airport”.

Aroh reaffirmed the state govt’s dedication, because the host state, to enforce to the letter, the verdict of the South East Governors’ Discussion board, and make sure fast of entirety of the continued rehabilitation and building works on the airport.

Presenting an in depth narrative of what transpired, the ideas commissioner, who stressed out the want to put the information instantly, mentioned, “Pursuant to the solution of the South East Governors’ Discussion board referred to above, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) asked for the removing of obstruction on the airport building web site alongside Ukwu Orji space through the rail tracks as contained within the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria letter to the Governor reference no. FAAN/ENU/AM/22/VOL.V32 of 11th Might, 2020.

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“The state govt then directed the Enugu Capital Territory Construction Authority (ECTDA) to factor suitable notices to all house owners and occupants of unlawful shanties and buildings obstructing the development of vital infrastructure on the airport.

“On June 29, 2020, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) issued a public understand advising all house owners of unlawful shanties and buildings obstructing the development of vital infrastructure on the airport to take away similar inside of two weeks.

“On July 10, 2020, the Enugu Capital Territory Construction Authority (ECTDA), in keeping with the Federal Executive’s directive at the improve of Akanu Ibiam World Airport, Enugu and pursuant to the request of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), printed a public understand on web page 28 of Leading edge Newspaper, giving understand of demolition to all occupants/house owners of unlawful buildings and shanties, obstructing the development of vital infrastructure on the Akanu Ibiam World Airport, Enugu. The company gave an additional 3-week understand that demolition will begin from July 31, 2020.

“The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) through some other letter reference no. FAAN/ENU/AM/15/VOL.6, dated July 21, 2020, forwarded to the Enugu Capital Territory Construction Authority (ECTDA) a complete map detailing the spaces and buildings obstructing the development of vital infrastructure on the Akanu Ibiam World Airport Enugu which were marked for removing.

“In keeping with the above and in session with all related stakeholders and neighborhood leaders within the affected spaces, the Enugu State Capital Territory Construction Authority (ECTDA) commenced demolition and removing of shanties and unlawful buildings inside the affected spaces to verify fast of entirety, improve of vital infrastructure and eventual reopening of the all necessary Akanu Ibiam World Airport.

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“It’s on document that during its dedication to verify the fast of entirety, improve of vital infrastructure and protected operation of the Akanu Ibiam World Airport Enugu, the Enugu State Executive has taken the next further steps:

“i. Relocation of the 120 meters Enugu State Broadcasting Products and services mast

ii. Development of one.Three km asphalt street to the airport navigational facility.

iii. Provision of finance for improve and refurbishment of current rest room amenities within the terminal development. This comprises the set up of sensor sanitary sittings similar to contactless computerized faucets and flush techniques, child converting amenities, handicapped bathrooms, air-con and air flow machine.

“The state govt has no purpose in any way to obtain any piece of land belonging to the Nigeria Railway Company (NRC), fairly the federal government is made up our minds to supply all wanted improve to the Nigeria Railway Company and another Federal Executive company working inside the state to verify their complete operation and capability.

“In the end, no quantity of blackmail, falsehood or malicious propaganda will deter the state govt, as the federal government is irrevocably dedicated to the improve, fast of entirety of the vital infrastructure paintings and protected re-opening of this essential Nationwide Safety Asset situated in Enugu State.”

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