The Enugu state government has announced plans to constitute a stakeholders’ committee that would look into expansion of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
A statement by the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Ogbuagu Anikwe in Enugu said the plan was part of efforts by the state Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to encourage speedy intervention by the federal government.
Anikwe said the committee members would comprise officials of the Federal Ministry of Aviation, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority.
Other members are the State Ministries of Lands & Infrastructure, Commerce & Industry and the management of the ENPOWER Free Trade Zone.
The commissioner said the state government set up the committee because of the importance of the international airport to the people of the South East geo-political zone.
According to him, the state government will continue to support every effort to get the airport to function at optimum capacity and efficiency.
Anikwe said the committee would among other terms of reference unravel alleged disagreement among federal authorities operating in the state regarding ownership of vast hectares of land the state government had approved for the expansion.
“If at the end of the meeting, it is established that any of the parties still needed more land, especially for the airport project, the Enugu State government will promptly attend to this need. At the moment, it is important to emphasize that Enugu State has donated vast tracts of land for the airport expansion. The government is also working to relocate further identified encumbrances such as a local market in order to encourage the federal authorities to speedily complete the project,” he said.