South East Governors, and other political leaders from the region on Thursday held a closed-door meeting with the President, Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
The delegation led by the Chairman of the South East Governors Forum, David Umahi, said they were in the Villa to request special fund for the rehabilitation of the Akanu Ibiam Airport in Enugu State which had since been shut down by the Ministry of Aviation.
Umahi who spoke to State House Correspondents on behalf of the group also said the group sought for declaration of state of emergency on roads and erosion in the South East.
According to him;
”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.”
He noted that the closure of the Enugu airport has grounded activities in the region and causing great hardship on the people, stressing that the deplorable South East roads have also made the lives of the people miserable.
Those in attendance at the meeting include 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.