Chairman of the South-east Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi state, Chief David Umahi has paid a courtesy visit to President Muhammad Buhari at the Presidential villa, Abuja.
Governor Umahi who met behind closed doors with Mr. President also paid unscheduled visit to the Minister of Aviation, Alhaji Hadi Sirika.
According to a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Emmanuel Uzor , Umahi said he met with Mr. President to intimate him on quite number of issues affecting South-east which security and critical infrastructure topped the list.
He said beyond his request for extension of the runway at the Akanu Ibiam International airport, the issue of security in the region and the nation in general also came to front burner.
He commended Mr. President for giving him audience at the shortest notice, describing him as a father to all.
The Governor said he intimated the President on their earlier request for railways and extension of pipelines and gas station to the region as well as upgrading the Sam Mbakwe airport which has become alternative airport for the people of the zone.
He however, lamented that suspected foreign herdsmen have infiltrated the zone resulting in insecurity such as killing and kidnapping of innocent farmers and other natives urging the federal government to intensify efforts with the Governors of the zone to secure lives and property of the people.
The Governor also sought the approval of Mr. President for speedy commencement of the renovation of the Enugu Airport and upgrading it an international standard by completing the cargo section and her international wing.
Governor Umahi also visited the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika to intimate him on his meeting with President Buhari as regards the airport project.