By Chukwuemeka Chimerue
ENUGU— APEX Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Tuesday kicked against the plan by the Federal Government to shut down the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu over alleged congestion of shops, describing it as ill-timed and capable of causing chaos.
The Igbo group urged the government to “deviate from such plot, as this will block the economic development in Igboland,” even as they appealed to political office holders in the South East region to step into the matter to forestall the planned closure of the international airport.
A statement by Chidozie Orizu, Special Assistant (Media) to the National Youth Leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Arthur Obiora, advised the government to steer clear of such plans to avoid chaos and crisis.
He said, “The attention of the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo (Worldwide), has been drawn to the recent publication in the media quoting the Minister of Aviation on a plan to shut down the Enugu International Airport due to congestion of shops.
“The government should deviate from such plot, as this will block the economic development in Igbo land.
“The Igbo political office holders both at the National and State Houses of Assembly, Governors and Ministers should come together and help calm down the looming chaos.
“The Minister should steer clear, otherwise it would cause chaos because the said airport has been upgraded for use, hence the youths can’t can’t sit back and watch it happen.”