The government of Nigeria has approved plans to build an international airport in Ebonyi State in the southeast of the country.
The agreement to the project was given in a letter to David Umahi, the governor of the state. Ebonyi had been lobbying for the project as a way of improving communications and boosting economic growth.
The southeast of Nigeria is presently without an international airport following a government decision to close down Akanu Ibiam International Airport in neighbouring Enugu state. It will remain closed for an indefinite period while repairs are carried out to its runway.
The approval came after a technical team from the transport ministry visited the proposed siteÂ between the Ezza South and Ezza North local government areas near the state capital of Abakaliki.
The letter added that the project, which will be state-financed, depended on its complying with Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority requirements and relevant environmental regulations.
Image: The airport will be built near the state capital of Abakaliki (Liberty22 /CC BY-SA 4.0)