South East Left Out As FG Designates 4 Airports ‘Special Economic Zones’

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The entire East geo-political zone has been left in the recent designation four international airports in the country as “Special Economic Zones” despite having an international airport in Enugu.

August 24th, 2019, the Federal Airports Authority () shutdown the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu for major repairs. The authority said the action was aimed at resolving the safety and security concerns to flight operations.

After 371 days shutting down the airport, August 30th, 2020, the airport was opened for operation by the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika after he confirmed the airport fit to commence operations.

However, the airport was conspicuously omitted by the federal government when it designated some airports as Special Economic Zones.

“I am very glad to announce that Mr has Approved our four International Airports as Special Economic Zones. These are Lagos, , Abuja & Port Harcourt. Our roadmap working,” the Minister of Aviation wrote via his twitter account.

Journalist101 recalls that the administration of Jonathan designated the airport as an international airport and international flight operations were going in the airport before it was shutdown.

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After than 9 months after the Enugu International Airport was opened, international flights is yet to resume at the airport.