The Federal Government has approved the request for the construction of a new International Airport in Ebonyi State.
The new airport will be located in Onueke-Oriuzor.
The Minister for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, conveyed the approval in a letter to Governor David Umahi.
A letter signed on the minister’s behalf by the Ministry’s Director of Safety and Technical Policy, Capt. Alkali, said the approval followed the visit of a technical team from the ministry and its agencies to the state on inspection of the proposed site for the airport.
The minister however noted that the approval is subject to the Ebonyi State government’s fulfilment of certain requirements.
He listed the requirements as strict compliance with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority requirements, compliance with all relevant environmental, regulations, adherence to the provisions of the subsisting Civil Aviation Act 2006, Nigeria Civil Aviation Policy 2013 and other regulations that may evolve with time; and the payment of statutory fees.
Other requirements according to the Minister include the issuance of security clearance from the Department of State Service (DSS), the removal of all obstructions on the site and involvement of the ministry and its relevant agencies at every stage of the development of the airport to ensure compliance with standards and recommend practices.