South-East Governors, Sunday, told the Federal Government that the sorry state of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu was putting lives in danger.
They spoke during a meeting of the Forum held at the Enugu Government House.
Chairman of the Forum and Ebonyi Governor, David Umahi, read a communique issued after the meeting.
Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Okezie Ikpeazu of Enugu and Abia, respectively, were present at the meeting.
In the communique read by Umahi, he said the condition of the runway posed threat to the lives of the people of the region in particular and Nigerians in general, as pilots were finding it difficult to land.
While appreciating the Federal Government “for the intervention on the airport, the Governors drew its attention “to the deplorable state of the runway; the runway lights and the tarmac and called on the Hon. Minister of State for Aviation to visit the Airport for an on-the-spot assessment and urgent intervention.
“The Forum also requested that urgent steps must be taken for the reactivation of the cargo section of the Airport,” adding that it was also unacceptable that the International wing could not function beyond 6 p.m.
They also announced that “the Forum received interim report from the South-East Consultative Committee on health, set up to facilitate the establishment of world class health facilities in each State of the South-East zone.
“The Forum noted the calibre of health and other professionals in the committee and commended them for the progress so far and urged them to work towards ensuring the transformation of the zone into a medical tourist destination in Nigeria.”
“The Forum received presentation from the South-East Region Development Fund, (SENDEF), a financial arm of the SEREDEC and urged them to channel all development plans in the South-East region through the Secretariat of the Forum,” they further stated in the communique.