Enugu airport to be shut for security reasons- FG

Enugu airport to be shut for security reasons- FG

Minister of state for aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Friday said the Akanu Ibiam Airport in Enugu will be shut down by the federal government for security reasons.

Sirika who made the disclosure at the stakeholders’ forum in Lagos, listed the security challenges at the airport to include bad runway, proximity to a market and the wrong location of the state’s radio mast.

According to him, such challenges pose a great risk to lives, hence the need to shut down the airport.

The minister equally appealed to Enugu state government to remove the market and radio masts.

The minister also disclosed that the federal government had contracted Julius Berger to renovate Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos at the project cost of N14bn.

He said, “The Lagos airport was built to handle N200,000 people but today Lagos airport is handling eight million people. So it must collapse. Julius Berger will help give it the new look it requires.”

“The airport generates most of the income, so it is only right we give it facelift it requires.”