The Federal Government under the leadership of President Mohammadu Buhari has approved the request by the Ebonyi state Government to construct a new International Airport in the State.
The approval was conveyed by the Minister for Aviation, Hadi Sirika in a letter to the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi.
In the letter signed on his behalf by the Ministry’s Director of Safety and Technical Policy, Capt T A Alkali, the minister said the approval followed a visit by the ministry’s technical team and their departments to the state on the airport site being inspected.
“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.
The Minister, however, noted that the approval is subject to the State Government’s fulfillment of certain requirements.
He further stated the requirements as strict compliance with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority requirements; compliance with all relevant environmental regulations, adherence to the provisions of the subsisting Civil Aviation Act 2006, Nigeria Civil Aviation Policy 2013 and other regulations that may evolve with time; and payment of statutory fees.
The Minister also said other requirements 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 airport is said to be sited in a big expanse of land at the boundary between Ezza South and Ezza North local government areas of the State.
This comes after the Federal Government indefinitely shut down the only International Airport in the Southeast, located in neighbouring Enugu State with plans to effect repairs on its dilapidated infrastructure including the runway.
The new airport however, will help open up economical zones when completed.