The Ebonyi State government yesterday expressed concern over the persistent destruction of the perimeter fencing of the state’s international airport by the host communities.
A statement signed by the commissioner for information and state orientation, Barr. Uchenna Orji said the state government had taken measures to ensure the safety of the fence and properties of the airport.
He stated that the measures taken would enable the smooth take-off of the airport this year.
Barr. Orji stated that henceforth, any further destruction of the fence or any part of the airport, traditional rulers of the host communities, town union presidents of the host communities and councilors of the communities must provide the perpetrators or risk being arrested.
Others that may face arrest according to the state government include development centre coordinators of the host communities and village heads.
“It is unfortunate that the state government had in the past six months been rebuilding the destroyed fences by members of the host communities. The government is worried that this development may hamper the 2022 smooth take-off of the airport operations.
“The state government notes with worry that all over the country where airports are located within communities, the fences or properties of those airports are not being destroyed or vandalized by those host communities,” he said.
Orji noted that regrettably, from the very day the government started the construction of the airport, there had been many attacks from the host communities.