Why is the eastern region the only region whitout an International airport?
Why must everything have to be seen through the eyes of tribalism? I am Igbo and if I was President I won't upgrade Enugu to an international based on the numbers and traffic statistics. Osubi airstrip in Warri handled more domestic traffic than Enugu in 2012. What we should be saying is why are folks not using this airports? Even Port Harcourt international numbers is rubbish but at least government dey manage. Please folks chill and before you argue visit FAAN website for details. Here www.faannigeria.org read the statistics.
Who are the we that are campaigning for them to stop exploration? I thought the problem was revenue sharing? I am glad you have a good dream for every region to be self sufficient, I also have a good dream for the South East for have a good international airport, sea port (through the dredging of River Niger), development of a steel industry and even oil and gas exploration and exploitation for the good of the people.
As regards your questioning my motivation if I am willing to sacrifice Anambra I have just one response for you - Your premise, assumption and conclusion about the dangers of the dredging are not only unfounded conspiracy theories but they are borne out of politics that we are not ready to place with those who are opposing this wonderful initiative.
As stated earlier, we have enough educated people in the South East that understand the issue of dredging and naturally we will listen to them when they raise any issues.
If you agree that Ndigbo deserve an international airport then there is no need for the long exchanges. Thanks for agreeing that it makes sense.
Imo state used tax payers money to build an airport so we are trying our best. Remember that we do not get the type of monthly allocation that some states in the ND are getting.
Enjoy the rest of the week.
Afam - We are campaigning to stop this exploration. It doesn't benefit us. Money is not everything. My dream is for every region to be self sufficient so they can leave us in peace. I have to question your motivation if you are willing to sacrifice Anambra just to have a River Port.
As far as an international airport is concerned ndigbo deserve one, why can the Igbo states not come together build one. Delta & Akwa Ibom have done it why not you. Why do you people have to turn everything into ethnic war.
Engineer? You? I thought you claimed to be an Electricity Engineer? Now you have switched to River Dredging Engineer, well done.
I believe we have a lot of intelligent and capable engineers from the South East that can advice on that. Why cry more than the bereaved? Allow Onitsha to complain, don't do it on their behalf.
Who are the we? Nothing wey you no dey see with this ya satellite picture. How many chairs dey for my office? Use your satellite pictures to provide answer to this question and I will take your satellite picture and google map serious.
The Niger Deltans are living with the despoilation from oil exploration. If they can do so, those affected by the dredging (which I think is much ado about nothing) should be able to get on with life. The advantage of dredging the R. Niger far outweights the disadvantages (if any). All these politicial noise making from the likes of Sapeleguy will not stand any unbiased scrutiny.
Anybody who arrogates any form of similarity between MMA and PH mechanic shanties as International airport other than mere nomenclature should request a medical attention. It must be a matter of social malaise and political naiveté for any human being to classify Port Harcourt air-strip as international airport. It brings amusement to foreign travelers on hearing the address of “welcome to Port Harcourt International Airport”. The place is simply a joke.
Considering the impact of oil exploration and exploitation in the Niger Delta coupled with the many spills that have destroyed aquatic life and farm land not to talk about gas flaring why don't you advocate for the stoppage of all crude oil related activities in the Niger Delta?
Or are you only concerned when it has to do with do what ought to have been done long ago in regions other than your own?
When you answer the 2 questions above then we can discuss or debate the issues you raised based on the merits and demerits of the arguments put forward.
Afam - I'm glad you have such faith in the relevant authorities.
Have your river port but don't endanger the lives of your people because of money.
"Despite the fact that site of the twenty-one LGAs of Anambra State shall be directly affected by the dredging project, there was an obvious neglect or omission by the Consultants in appraising the effects of the environments Anambra, Idemili and Orashi River. Heavy loads of sediments are trucked down by gully erosion into the River Niger yearly from uplands by these rivers, particularly, the Anambra River. The catchment areas of these rivers are heavily-built up; the soil and geologic units have easily-erodible components; average annual rainfall is over 2000mm; intense agricultural activities and fertilizer applications are carries urban and rural areas. Floods, soil and gully erosion, and environmental denudation transport sands, clays, pollutants and contaminant into the River Niger through these tributaries.
The Anambra Basin supplies quite a load of sediments and waste products into the Niger Delta yearly The dredging of the River Niger shall obviously exacerbate incidences of soil and gully erosion and sediment deposition in Anambra and Kogi State unless something is positively done to check them upstream of the Anambra Basin. As at now, the dredging project Report is silent over these issue. What shall be their fate then? There is a great need to evaluate the effects of the dredging on the dams upstream of the River Niger, particularly, the Kanji Dam areas. The new higher water flows that may result after dredging may cause drastic falls in reservoir-water levels and increased siltation of the hydroelectric dam. These may adversely eventually affect the energy-generation capacity of the dam. Hence, there may be need to dredge the Kanji dam as well, probably, later to avoid future problems. The dredging of the Kanji Lake is, even, long overdue, and should be recognised as such engineers, environmentalists, etc."
Ijaw people want to stop the dredging of River Niger? Does River Niger belong to the Ijaw people for them to talk about stopping any dredging?
I am sure the relevant authorities know what they are doing and they know when or even whether to bother themselves with politically motivated complaints by some Nigerians.
seconded! If nothing else the population of the East supports it - unless the plan to have an international airport in Asaba/Onitsha materializes.
As most international traders are from the East, the dredging of the Niger will definitely be the best thing to happen to Nigerian commerce in general.
There is need for a sea port (thank God they are already dredging the River Niger) and an International airport even in Enugu.
Some are talking about economic viability but have conveniently forgotten that the people from the Eastern region travel the most whether for business or for pleasure and the minimum of 7 hrs journey with the attendant armed robberies along the expressway coupled with the poor state of the roads simply don't make sense for someone who may have just come from the US to get to his home in Enugu.
Movement of both goods and personnel will be a lot easier, cheaper and even safer if the distances that must be covered on the road are shorter rather than longer.
James Ibori started the Asaba Airport Project, Uduaghan is continuing. The airport is strategically positioned to benefit Warri, Sapele, Benin and Asaba. Onitsha can use it if they want, seriously why are you not lobbying your state governments for projects like this?
Owl and Debosky,
You darn ignorant or plain michievious folks. There is already a rail (moribund) link between PH, Aba, Umuahia and Enugu. How is the rail system in Nigeria? Is it working?
Imo people (then Imo and Abia) built the first ever state Airport in Nigeria. The money came not from oil, but from taxes paid by our parents.
Now every state including Gombe is building an Airport, using oil money from the ND (which includes two Igbo states)
I still believe debosky's post is the way forward. Would planes coming in from China and landing in Enugu solve any problem or just pacify some people who believe everything should be equal not minding whether it makes any sense economically.
A rail link from PH to all the major towns like Nnewi, Aba, Onitsha etc should be built and these goods will get to their destination anyways and save the government money. This money can be used for other projects in the SE like repairing those horrible roads!
I totally agree with that.
If the PH airport was made to be truly international , would it not make building a new one in Anambra kind of redundant. At least for now.
I am from Anambra state but if I was made to choose between an International airport and a port, I would gladly choose a port. That would save a lot of trouble and expense for the importers. In most business settings, the cost of transporting oneself from one location to another is insignificant compared to the cost of transporting goods.
I will start with port-harcourt, A totally new airport should be built from scratch, International standard just like that of lagos if not even better. Afterall with all the money being generated by the state it is only fair that they have an airport of real international standard.
Ask for the east, I will base my arguement on Anambra state. I have travelled to so many countries, from europe to asia to even west african states. I will be honest that I am yet to board an International flight that does not have atleast 5 onitsha market traders returning with goods and merchandise purchased from their travels. It is only fair that the have not just an international airport but also a seaport.
So what is your argument.
That th PH airport should be upgraded to make it look like an international airport or that an eniterly new airport should be built in one of the eastern states?
I would be happy if a new airport is built but my point is that it would not really disrupt anything if it is not. There are other alternatives. Imagine what would happen if the Niger bridge shuts down.
Abeg let face this issue fairly.
Port-Harcourt airport, is not an international airport. It has nothing that qualifies it to be an international airport. Infact, no international flight takes off from port-harcourt.
Enugu, does not even qualify to be called a parking lot let alone an airport.
Owerri!! Chineke nna, ekene dili ghi. I will never forget my experience at that aerodrome that is being called an airport. The damn place does not even have landing aids.
Why is lagos the only city with an almost fully funtional international airport?? Even MMA2 is an international airport when compared to everything you have in the east and south put togerther.
Why should people have to travel all the way from the east to the west to board a flight abroad??
Port-harcourt airport was closed for almost, if not more than a year and they did not even change a single tile on the ground. Abeg lets call a spade a spade.
The south/east has no airport, period.
Yes there is a need!! It's insane driving 7-9 hours from lagos to east after a long journey from abroad. You are talking about Port Harcout? wetin dat name mean sef!!, How is the government trying to make that airport commercially viable? Just neglected like every other thing down south east-south south. Even MM is like a piece of poo!!
Is there really a need for an international airport in the 'East'? I don't think so - If a nearby airport like Port Harcourt is not that busy, what would make an international airport in Enugu or Owerri viable?
I think what would benefit the cities of Nnewi, Onitsha and Aba (especially Aba) would be a rail line from Port-Harcourt Airport to these locations - allowing prompt movement of freight and passengers to and from the airport, or in the interim, connecting flights originating at Enugu or Owerri, transferring to another aircraft in P/H and then leaving the country.
We have wasted too much resources on airports that are not commercially viable. Let sentiments be removed from this - convenience is important, but economic viability should come first. Even with the proximity of Owerri and co to the industrial heartland of the East, little cargo traffic is experienced through that airport, even as a form of domestic transit from major airports like Abuja and Lagos.
if you want an international airport, first of all issue bonds to upgrade your airports ( i am not even about to go through the topic of bond financing). Also, develop your region, when the standard of living of the average man gets better and then more people can travel abroad rather than some select rich few.