The South East Governors Forum rose from a meeting in Enugu on Sunday, lamenting the deplorable state of the runway, runway lights and tarmac at Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu.
Speaking with newsmen after meeting at Enugu Government House, Dave Umahi, the chairman of the Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, said the forum appreciated the Federal Government for its intervention at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
Umahi said the forum was however drawing the attention of the Federal Government to the deplorable state of the runway, the runway lights and tarmac and called on the Hon. Minister of Aviation to visit the airport for an on the spot assessment and urgent intervention. According to him, the forum also requested that urgent steps should be taken for the reactivation of the cargo section of the airport.
Umahi also disclosed that the forum received an interim report from the South East Consultative Committee on Health, set up to facilitate the establishment of world class health facilities in each state of the South East zone.He said the forum noted the caliber of health and other professionals in the committee and commended them for the progress so far, while urging them to work towards ensuring the transformation of the zone into a medical tourist destination in Nigeria.
Other Governors at the meeting were the host Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia).According to him, the forum equally received presentation from the South East Region Development Fund (SENDEF), a financial arm of South East Region Development Commission (SEREDEC) and urged them to channel all development plans in the South East region through the secretariat of the forum.
He had earlier in his welcome remarks, thanked the Enugu State Governor for constantly hosting the forum meetings and for his huge infrastructure development in Enugu State.He also thanked the Director General and the Secretariat for the success of the first South East Conference on 2017 Capital Budget Implementation, as it affects the South East region, held in Enugu.
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