The Ebonyi State government, led by Governor Francis Nwifuru, has expressed regret over the deaths of two residents at the flyover near the Chuba Okadigbo International Airport in Onueke Ezza South Local Government Area.
According to the Ebantel, two people were murdered lately by a tanker explosion on the airport flyover.
It took the assistance of the Ministry of Aviation and Transport Technology to put out the fire.
Mrs Ngozi Obichukwu, the state commissioner for aviation and transport technology, spoke with reporters during an inspection of the Chuba Okadigbo Airport Runway in Onueke Ezza South LGA, revealing the state government’s readiness to prevent a repeat of the disaster.
She stated that “if not for God’s grace, and the way the flyover was built, many lives would have been lost.”
“We are still praying to God to grant eternal rest to those who were killed–the driver and conductor.
“We won’t want such to be happening at the runway; we are getting it right this time around; some of the things we omitted before have been done right now.”
Obichukwu reiterated the state government’s commitment to ensuring that the airport begins airline operations by May 2024.
“The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) asked us to replace the runway configuration from concrete to asphalt.
“The runway is now being asphalted.
“We thought that the project will be ready by August, but the way it is now, we are ready to start operation by May,” she said.