Airport Encroachment: FAAN Collaborates With Enugu State Government
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Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Capt. Rabiu Yadudu has stated that the Authority is collaborating with the government of Enugu State to address the menace of airport encroachment at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
Capt. Yadudu made the disclosure Wednesday, following a joint facilities inspection visit to the airport by the Management of FAAN and the Executive Governor of Enugu State, His Excellency, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
Expressing his gratitude to Governor Ugwuanyi for his swift response to this issue by directing that all illegal structures on the airport be demolished after a week's notice of evacuation, he noted that human habitation within the airport's airfield is a safety concern to the Authority because of the heavy equipment that moves within the environment.
Capt. Yadudu who also held a town hall meeting with staff of the airport where he assured them of Management's commitment to improved facilities and infrastructure, added that the Authority will continue to ensure safe and secured airports in Nigeria.
digitaltimesng.com recalls that in May, this year, the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika had said that if the Enugu state government takes urgent action to enforce the directive given to address safety concerns at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, the federal government may reconsider the downgrading of the airport.
Sirika had said the federal government had resolved to downgrade the airport due to issues bordering on safety of flights at the airport, which include dilapidated and undulating runway and other infrastructural breaches.
For the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to install safety critical equipment, rehabilitate the runway and provide other facilities that would enable international airlines to operate at the airport, the state government was expected to clear the flight path of structures.
The state government was also expected to relocate the market at Emene along with the abattoir in order to keep away birds from the airport; it was also expected to remove masts that tend to obstruct flights after takeoff from the airport.