Enugu state government has ordered the immediate closure of Orie Emene market in response to the safety concerns raised by the federal government over which the airport risks being shut down.
In a press briefing after the state executive council meeting on Friday, commissioner for Information Mr. Ogbuagu Anikwe, disclosed that the Exco also closed the abattoir near the airport and equally ordered the removal of all illegal structures encroaching into the land of the airport.
He said that the Chairman of Enugu East LGA has been directed to effect the immediate order of closing the market. The commissioner said that the state government had on 12th October, 2018 approved funds for the relocation of the state broadcast mast on the approach of the runway to Okpatu Hill in Udi local government area, adding that the implementation of this project has been hampered by the disruptive activities of some youths in the community.
The commissioner said, ‘’Enugu state government hereby directs immediate cessation of all hostilities against the project as any further interference will attract the full wrath of the law given that government has paid all the necessary compensation’’.
‘’The traditional rulers of Okpatu communities and town union leadership are hereby called upon to ensure full compliance with the above directives’’.