* Urges FG to declare state of emergency on roads, erosion
South East governors and leaders from the the zone on Thursday met with President Muhammadu Buhari, demanding for special fund for the rehabilitation of the Akanu Ibiam Airport in Enugu State.
They have also demanded for a state of emergency to by on South East roads and erosion.Speaking on behalf of the group shortly before the meeting went into closed doors at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, the Chairman of the South East Governors Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, said they want the same attention given to Abuja airport to be extended to Enugu airport, decrying that the closure has grounded activities in the region and causing great hardship on the people.
Umahi said ” We are here to kindly urge Mr President to approve special fund for the Akanu Ibiam Airport just like what was done for Abuja Airport.”The deplorable South East roads, he said, have made the lives of the people miserable.
In attendance are Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Emeka Ihedioha of Imo, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Senate Minority Leader representing South East Caucus in National Assembly, Senator Sam Egwu.Others are former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim, former Governors Martin Elechi, Ebonyi State, Okwesilieze, Enugu State, Sullivan Chime, Enugu State, Achike Udenwa, Imo, and Ikedi Ohakim, Imo.
Also at the meeting were Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu, Eric Acho Nwankwo, former Daily Times Managing Director, Chief Onyeama Ugochukwu, Ochiagha Regan Ufomba, Prof. Chigozie Ogbu and President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo among others..Among those at the meeting included the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed.