Reps Deputy Minority Leader Asks FG To Reopen Enugu Airport

Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu
Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu
Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu
Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu

Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Toby Okechukwu, has urged the Federal Government to reopen the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu and other international airports for intentional flight operations.

In a statement on Sunday, Okechukwu said this is imperative as many Nigerians in the Diaspora would be visiting home during the yuletide season.

This is coming on the heels of plan by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA) to reopen the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, and Port Harcourt International Airport for international flights.

The lawmaker said reopening all international airports would take care of the multiple stopovers, which exposes people to more risk of COVID-19 than direct flight to their destinations.

Okechukwu argued that since Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, had earlier assured that Akanu Ibiam Airport had been better equipped for international operations, it made no economic sense for the airport to remain shut after N10 billion in the upgrade.

“The Christmas and New Year season is the period our international airports are most socially and economically relevant to both Nigerians at home and in the diaspora. The opportunity costs of keeping these airports shut from international operations can be quite high, ranging from higher risk of contracting Covid-19 through multiple stopovers to the issues of more man-hours, security risks, and auto crashes associated with compelling more people than necessary to travel by road.

“There are no peculiar health risks peculiar that should warrant the continued restriction of any international air facility from full operations at this time.”

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