The Federal Government has confirmed the demand to construct an international airport in Ebonyi State.
The Ebonyi state government had written to the Buhari led administration demanding the construction of an international airport in its state.
Months after the request was sent to the Federal government, Hadi Sirika, the Minister for Aviation, delivered the approval through a letter signed on his behalf by Capt T A Alkali who is the Director, Safety and Technical Policy of the aviation ministry, to the state governor, Governor David Umahi.
The airport construction was approved after the proposed site for the airport got a pass mark from the Technical team from the Ministry and its agencies who visited it for inspection.
The letter of approval reads in part says: “I have been directed to deliver the approval of the Honourable Minister of Aviation in respect to your request to construct an international airport to be owned by the state and fully financed.”
“Haven fulfilled the requirements subjected to the airport construction, and the airport is therefore approved.”
Part of the requirements are:
i. Strict compliance with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority requirements.ii. Compliance with all relevant environmental regulations.
iii. Adherence to the provisions of the subsisting Civil Aviation Act 2006
iv, Nigeria Civil Aviation Policy 2013 and other regulations that may evolve with time
v, Payment of statutory fees.
vi, Issuance of Security Clearance fro the Department of State Services(DSS)
vii, 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 will be situated at the boundary between Ezza South and Ezza North local government areas.