My 4am lamentations: Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu; By Fred Chukwuelobe




I couldn’t post my 4am lamentations this morning because I arrived Anambra State and slept off. No traffic gridlock. Just rains and failing roads. But there are many good ones. So, I detoured and still got home on time.

If you’re coming into Anambra or using the Enugu – Port Harcourt expressway, be ready for long delays at a point before 4 corner and between Oji River in Enugu State and Amanse in Anambra State. Contractors are back on the sites and working on the deplorable roads and it’s causing traffic – traffic caused mostly by our recklessness.

Because I slept off and well off, I couldn’t lament until 6am when the rains that have been falling since yesterday woke me up. Home sweet home. So, bear with me. I won’t lament this morning; I’m rather excited and relaxed.

I am still on Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. I landed at this airport yesterday morning. The runway is super; it’s wider; it’s longer. Bigger planes can now land there. Work is still ongoing. The access road has been tarred. With time it will be completed and of a Nigerian standard. The runway is of international standard now.

We must not forget that the essence of closing the airport for one year was to repair the runway. That was achieved. We should also not forget that it was closed before for one year plus by Senator Stella Oduah for the runway to be repaired. The job was terribly done, which necessitated it recent closure.

Kudos to Hon. Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation and president Muhammad Buhari for this. It’s now left for South East leaders to lobby for the completion of the airport.

Politics is a game. Those who play it well, like Chelsea, win some lose some.

Forget the alarms being raised here and there. Forget the insults. The airport will be better when it’s completed. The runway is fantastic. In fact, our pilot landed there with so much speed of about 300 km/h and still had enough length left to break and taxi back.

So, I am not lamenting this weekend; I’m rather excited.

Have a lovely weekend, folks.

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