President Mohammadu Buhari-led Federal Government yesterday approved the request for the construction of a new International Airport in Ebonyi State.
This followed a request for the approval of the airport by the Ebonyi state government.
In the letter signed on his behalf by the Director Safety and Technical Policy, Capt T A Alkali of the Ministry, the Minister said the approval followed the visit of a technical team from the ministry and its agencies to the state on inspection of the proposed site for the airport.
“I am directed to convey the approval of the Honourable Minister of Aviation for the construction of a state-owned/financed International Airport on the inspected site”, he wrote.
Other requirements according to the Minister include Issuance of Security Clearance for the Department of State Services(DSS); removal of all obstructions on the site and involvement of the Ministry and its relevant agencies at every stage of the development of the airport to ensure compliance with Standards and Recommend Practices (SARPs).
The approval comes at a time when the only International Airport in the Southeast, located in neighbouring Enugu State has been shut down by the Federal Government indefinitely.
The Federal Government said it shut down the airport to effect repairs on its dilapidated infrastructure including the runway.
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