Enugu State Government has denied clams that contractors handling the Akanu Ibiam International airport project were asked to pay the sum of N500 million bribe to the host Community.
The Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh in a statement, described the demand for bribe by members of the host Community as “false, malicious and baseless”.
Aroh who stressed the commitment of the Enugu State government to the timely and successful completion of the upgrade of the airport, stated “categorically that no such situation or incident ever occurred”.
He explained that “the State government has not received any complaint from the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) or the contractors handling the all-important project”.
“it is a well-known fact, which indeed has been publicly acknowledged severally by both the Hon. Minister of Aviation and the Management of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) that the Enugu State Government has provided all the required support in respect of the upgrading of the Akunu Ibiam International Aiport, Enugu”.
Aroh stated that the State government in furtherance of its commitment to the upgrading and timely re-opening of the Enugu airport, during the first meeting of the State Executive Council (EXCO) in 2020, held on January 8, “approved the request of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) made on its behalf by the Managing Director, Captain Rabiu Yadudu, for the issuance of a composite Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) for the entire land area of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu”.
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