Igbo leaders and governors in the region met on Sunday in Enugu.
They charged the federal government to expedite action on all the federal roads in the region.
The leaders also approved for a regional economic summit with support from the United Kingdom Department for International Development, DFID, slated to take place between 11 to 13 November 2017.
Arising from the meeting, the Igbo leaders frowned at the deplorable state of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, particularly the runway, the terminal buildings and the cargo shelter.
Present in the Sunday meeting were Governors of Enugu State Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Ebonyi State, David Umuahi and Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu.
Anambra and Imo states were represented by their Deputy governors, Eze Madumere and Nkem Okeke, respectively.
The Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and other members of the National Assembly from the zone, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, Speakers of the five state Houses of Assembly in the zone, were also in the meeting.
They said that “Further to our meeting with Mr. President earlier in the month on the deplorable state of infrastructure in the South east especially federal roads such as Enugu-9th mile- Onitsha road, Enugu- Port Harcourt road, Aba-Ikot Ekpene road, Okigwe-Owerri road and 9thmile-Makurdi Express road.
“The meeting called on the federal government to take urgent steps in repairing the roads especially at this dry season.
“Equally of importance is the the deplorable state of Akanu Ibiam International Airport especially the runway, terminal buildings and cargo shelter. We request that urgent steps be taken to address the problems at the airport.”