The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Thursday explained the delay in commencing repair works on the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
He said the international airport required N10 billion to be operational again and that the ministry had requested for the money and now waiting for the Federal Government to provide the funds.
The minister stated this when he addressed the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation in Abuja.
He said, “Given the money, we have a time frame of delivering the airport before Christmas; the choice is because we understand that people travel back home during the period and we want them to find a new airport on arrival.
“We have put before government a request of N10 billion and we believe government is doing everything possible to provide the funds.”
The airport had been closed since August over the state of its runway and other safety concerns.
Following the delay in repair works of the runway and others, the House of Representatives had summoned the minister to explain the delay in fixing and returning the airport to use again.
The airport is the only international airport in Nigeria’s South-East region.
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