Airport Runway Now 80% Completed – Osinbajo


The vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, said the
rehabilitation work going on at the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe
International Airport is at 80 percent completion and expressed
optimism that the work will be finished ahead of the scheduled time.

Osinbajo, who stated this when he visited the airport for inspection,
said from what he has seen and from the information available to him,
there is no doubt that the work will be completed ahead of schedule.

According to him, “I have looked round and from what I have seen and
also from the Information from contractors and consultants, it looks
as things are going very well and we are told that we are now nearing
80 percent completion and that we are clearly on schedule.

“So, we expect to see that this will be completed well on schedule and
i don’t think we should expect any delay whatsoever and we have
assurances from the consultant, contractors that we are clearly on
schedule. So, by the 19th of April, the runway will be set.”

The vice president said “I have no reservations and looking at all of
this and inspecting it and listening to contractors, personnel from
FAAN and the ministry of Transportation and Aviation, I think a lot
of work has gone in here, the contractors were doing 24 hours shift,
working round the clock. I think they have taken the job very
seriously and we expect to see that the work will be completed and
done by the 19th as promised.”

Speaking further, on the media tour organised by SY&T Communications,
the managing director, Federal Airport Authority, FAAN, Engr. Saleh
Dunoma said “the total overall completion of the work is 80 percent as
of today (yesterday). The other critical elements of the work that we
have is asphalt laying which is about 73 percent; air field lighting
re-installation is about 40 percent; the next critical item is marking
which will start on Monday but it is not a critical element per sayand
of course general cleaning because at the end of the day, our
regulator will have to come and certify what we have done and then we
will be ready for opening on the 19th.”

On the work that is ongoing at the terminal, Dunoma said: “we are
ceasing this opportunity of empty building to make sure that we
rehabilitate the entire terminal building and that includes all the
facilties that are there; mechanical, electrical and civil.”

On whether the terminal building will be ready on the 19th when the
airport will be reopened for traffic, he said: “that is the plan. All
the works that are going on there will be completed by the 19th.”

He however, called for the need for a second runway to avoid having to
shut down any airport across the country in future and assured
Nigerians that April 19th remains sacrosanct, noting that “you have
seen how far we have gone and we are pushing and I want to assure
Nigerians that come 19th, we will reopen for traffic.” ELANZANEWS.M



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