- Applaud progress of work on Enugu airport
By IKENNA EMEWU
Governors of the South East geopolitical zone have expressed security concern over the recent development where almajiris are moved in droves, hidden in food trucks into the zone in the face of national lockdown against movement of people to contain the covid-19 pandemic.
The governors expressed their anger against the new trend at their latest meeting in Enugu this weekend.
A communiqué issued by them after their meeting noted that: “Governors are worried about the movement of almajiri youths concealed in food and cement trucks into the southeast region. While we commend northern governors on their decision that almajiris should go to their States of origin, we also advise our people against coming back to their States to forestall further spread of the pandemic.
We, therefore, request our community leaders to get passionately involved to ensure that such illegal movement is not allowed.
Seriously, South East Governors will further strengthen our local security to protect farmlands and agriculture activities to encourage more participation in agriculture.
Also reviewing the renovation going on at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, the commended the federal government for what they called impressive work going on.
The stated that: “for the progress made so far on the rehabilitation project of Akanu Ibiam International airport, we thank Mr President for providing the enabling environment in the achievement of this project. We likewise commend the Minister for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika for his commitments. We appreciate the committee on the rehabilitation of Akanu Ibiam International airport, especially the committee chairman Engr. Chris Okoye who have worked tirelessly to see to the current achievement so far. The runway reconstruction and other newly added facilities are almost completed. We deeply appreciate the Governor of Enugu State His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for all the interventions he has always provided to enable this project to come this far. We are optimistic that Enugu airport will open when the nation’s airspace will be re-opened to regular flights.
Regarding the containment of the coronavirus pandemic, they agreed to strengthen it further with new measures. However, we are very unhappy with incidents of interstate border lockdown abuses that led to the movement of non-essential movement of persons. We request the security personnel at our border posts to take this task very seriously to curtail the spreading of the pandemic.
As we go through this period, to curtail the further spread of COVID-19, we will continue to enforce the NO MASK NO MOVEMENT, social distancing, regular hand washing and sanitary guidelines.”
The five governors in the statement read by the Ebonyi governor, Chief David Umahi announced that they
“discussed a regional approach to a post-COVID-19 era. This proposed strategic planning will provide support for vital areas that we will be considering. Some of the areas we hope to prioritise are education, health agriculture, SMEs among others. The program will stimulate our regional economy.
“We encourage our youths to key into agriculture programs in the States as this would keep them busy and sustain the livelihood of lots of our people. Our youths should take advantage of the CBN agric intervention programs which are currently available. They can make contacts with their State’s ministry of agriculture on how to get involved, as this is utmost important now.”