MANAGING Director, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Saleh Dunoma has declared to Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo that the ongoing rehabilitation of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, runway was 80 per cent completed.
Dunoma made this declaration as he conducted the Vice President on an inspection of the project on Friday where he also mentioned that the critical parts of the work, including asphalt-laying, airfield lighting installation and marking of the runway, were progressing rapidly.
According to him, laying of glass grid had been 100 per cent completed, while laying of asphalt was at 73 per cent and installation of lights at 40 per cent completion.
“The overall completion is 80 per cent as of today and the critical elements of the work that we have which are asphalt-laying and airfield lighting installation are 73 per cent and 40 per cent, respectively, completed.
“The next critical part, of course, is marking which will start on Monday.
“At the end of the day, the regulator will have to come and certify it; then, we will be ready for reopening on April 19,’’ he said.
Dunoma said the agency was taking advantage of the six-week closure of the airport to also carry out complete rehabilitation of the terminal to give it a new look when it reopened.
He said that the work included installation of all the essential facilities such as electrical and mechanical fittings.
“We are seizing this opportunity of empty building to make sure that we rehabilitate the entire terminal building and that includes the facilities that are there such as mechanical, electrical and civil.
“We will get it done before the 19th and all the works there will be completed before that day.
“April 19 remains sacrosanct and we want to reassure Nigerians that come April 19, the airport will be opened,’’ he said.
Osibanjo while reacting expressed satisfaction with the level of work and assured that the airport would be reopened on schedule.
The airport was shut on March 8 for six weeks to enable Julius Berger carry put complete rehabilitation of the 3.6 kilometres runway.