Umahi meets Buhari, Aviation Minister over challenges in South East

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By Johnbosco Agbakwuru & Peter Okutu

Chairman of South-East Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, yesterday, paid a courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Governor Umahi, who met behind closed doors with the President also paid unscheduled visit to the Minister of Aviation, Alhaji Hadi Sirika.

Umahi told newsmen he met with the President to intimate him on a number of issues affecting the South-East, with security and critical infrastructure topping the list.;ID=162803;size=300×250;setID=151330;type=iframe;sw=1366;sh=768;spr=1;kw=;pid=4386352;place=0;rnd=4386352;click=CLICK_MACRO_PLACEHOLDER

Governor Umahi disclosed that beyond his request for extension of the runway at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, the issue of security in the region and the nation in general also came to the front burner.

He commended Mr. President for giving him audience at the shortest notice, describing him as a father to all, adding that he intimated the President on their earlier request for railways and extension of pipelines and gas station to the region, as well as upgrading the Sam Mbakwe Airport, which has become the alternative airport for the zone.

He said he was at the Villa to seek Mr. President’s audience with the rest of the governors and leaders of Ndigbo, spanning all segments of the society, to discuss issues affecting the zone.

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He lamented that over a period of time, herdsmen have infiltrated the zone resulting in insecurity: killing and kidnapping of innocent farmers and other natives.

He called on the Federal Government to intensify efforts with the governors of the zone to secure lives and properties of the people.

The governor also sought the approval of Mr. President for speedy commencement of the renovation of the Enugu Airport and upgrading it to international standard by completing the cargo section and her international wing.

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