The Nigeria Union of Journalists, Zone ‘C’ (South East) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving N10bn for the renovation of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu and urged the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika to hasten the renovation project for early completion and reopening of the airport for recommencement of flight operations to save thousands of users the suffering of traveling from the zone.
The union also emphasized that the closure of the airport has negative impact on the economy of the zone and Nigeria in general and urged the Aviation Ministry to facilitate speedy completion of the work.
In a 9-point communiqué signed by Comrade Kenneth Ofoma, Acting Vice President and Secretary and Ezeogo Boniface Okoro, National Ex-Officio zone C, after its maiden Zonal Executive Council (ZEC) meeting held in Abakaliki on 5th December, the union lamented the deplorable conditions of roads in South East and urged the Governors of South East to redouble their efforts in constructing and reconstructing the roads especially as Christmas is around the corner.
The union further commended southeast Governors led by Engr. David Umahi as the Chairman for working hard in the fight against insecurity in the zone and challenged them to maintain the effort.
They further urged the sons and daughters of Igbo land to return home and invest in South East for speedy development.
The communique read in parts, “That with the setting in of the dry season, ZEC called on the South East governments to redouble their efforts in construction and reconstruction of roads to ease movement and communication during this Yuletide and beyond.
“That ZEC called on businessmen and industrialists of Igbo extraction in the Diaspora to heed the often-repeated think-home call by Ohanaeze Ndigbo by investing in the South East.”
“That ZEC called on southeast Governors to expedite action on the take-off of the proposed Economic Cooperation in the Zone and commence effective implementation to fast track integrated economic growth of the Zone.”
“That ZEC passed a vote of implicit confidence on the National President of NUJ, Comrade Chris Isiguzo, for his focused, robust, result-oriented, and exemplary leadership which has not only repositioned the union but restored its dignity and integrity as a credible watchdog of the society.”
“That having visited some completed and ongoing projects in the course of the meeting, ZEC commended the giant developmental strides of Ebonyi State government under the leadership of Engr. Dr David Nweze Umahi and recommend that the Ebonyi development model be replicated in other southeast states and the nation at large.”