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No community demanded N500m from airport contractors, says Enugu government

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Enugu State government has denied that communities in the state demanded N500 million from contractors renovating the Akanu Ibiam International Airport.

Describing the news as misleading and baseless, the Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Aroh, said it was calculated to embarrass the government and draw bad blood. Aroh stressed the commitment of the state government to the timely completion of the rehabilitation, adding that no such demand was made in the state. He added that the state government had not received any complaint from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) or the contractors handling the all-important project.

“It is a fact, and which has been publicly acknowledged severally by the Minister of Aviation and the management of FAAN that the Enugu State Government has provided the required support in respect of the upgrading of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu,” Aroh said.He disclosed that the state government, in furtherance of its commitment to the upgrade and timely re-opening of the airport, during the first meeting of the State Executive Council (EXCO) of 2020, on January 8, approved the request of FAAN through the managing director, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, “for the issuance of a composite Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) for the entire land area of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport.

“The Enugu State Government under the leadership of Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi will continue to provide every support needed to ensure the quick completion of the upgrade of the airport.”

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