FG reaffirms promise to upgrade Enugu Airport

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THE Federal Government on Friday reiterated its commitment to upgrading the Akanu Ibiam Airport in Enugu.

The Minister of Aviation, Mrs Fidelia Njeze, who said this in Enugu while inspecting work on the runway, said government would declare the airport an international one in 2011.

”Akanu Ibiam Airport has not been declared an international airport, but I am giving you a firm assurance that the present administration is working toward doing that before the end of its tenure,” she said.

The minister, however, expressed satisfaction with the progress and quality of work being done at the airport.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, she expressed the hope that the job would be completed by October.

Njeze also said that government would review the cost of the project in order to accommodate the major challenges hindering the job.

She announced that a befitting terminal would be built at the airport.

The airport had been closed since February to allow extension of the runway.

The minister inspected the fire service section, the clinic and the terminal.

Njeze, who was conducted round the project site by the Acting Airport Manager, Mr Francis Balogun, inspected the fire service section, clinic and terminal.

Tariff hike will end epileptic power supply, says union leader

THE president, Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies, Mr. Bede Opara, said on Friday that the increase in electricity tariff would end epileptic power supply.

Opara told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the increase was necessary if the problem of epileptic supply in Nigeria would be solved.

The Federal Government on Thursday announced that there would be N8.50 increase per kilowatt hour in this year‘s Multi-Year Tariff Order.

The government said that it also agreed on an increase in gas price by the end of the year if increase in supply was sustained.

According to him, the increase in tariff will ensure that when the price of gas goes up it will not affect supply.

However, Mr Sunday Salako, Deputy President, Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions said the decision was good if it would ensure availability of electricity.

He advised that the increase should not be a flat rate but should be graduated in such a way that companies and people with two or three phases paid more.

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