South-East Governors and leaders on Thursday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa and demanded a special fund for the rehabilitation of the Akanu Ibiam Airport in Enugu State.
Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum, David Umahi, spoke to reporters on behalf of the group.
Umahi said the group also sought for declaration of the state of emergency on roads and erosion in the South East.
He 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 Ebonyi State Governor pointed out that the closure of the Enugu airport has grounded activities in the region and causing great hardship on the people.
He said that the deplorable South East roads have made the lives of the people miserable.
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.
In attendance also 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.