In a statement on Sunday, the group said the synergy between the south-east governors’ forum and Ohanaeze Ndigbo in delivering the project should be cemented for more exploits.

The airport was shut down for reconstruction on August 24, 2019, for repair works on the deteriorating runways and other facilities.

“We note that the reopening of the airport is indeed auspicious, as it will ameliorate the hardships hitherto faced by both local and international travellers and foster the ease of doing business,” a statement signed by Ngozi Odumuko, the group’s coordinator, read.

This is more so as the airport is the traditional gateway to the eastern heartland. We commend the quality of work at the airport which has been adjudged by experts as being of international standard.

“Nzuko Umunna commends President Muhammadu Buhari for the speedy approval of N10 billion for the project.

“We also thank Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, for his zealous commitment to the runway reconstruction effort which made the reopening a reality.