Abuja Airport Runway: Asphalting Completed, Airfield Lightings Ongoing—Sirika
… As Work Reaches 96% Completion
Barely eight days to the reopening of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja runway which was temporarily closed for rehabilitation, the ongoing work at the airport has reached 96 per cent completion.
The Minister of State for Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika said this while inspecting the final lap of asphalt laying.
He confirmed the 96 per cent completion of the ongoing rehabilitation, assuring the airport will be re-opened for operations on April 19, as planned.
According to him, “This is runway 22, where the works terminates and remember the work started from the other end which is 04. You can see that we have finished asphalting and we are at 96 per cent completion. Asphalting has been completed and the Airfield Lightings(AFLs) installation have started. The marking of the runway and the lightings is going on simultaneously.”
He also assured that the runway will not retain water again due to the introduction of new technology.
“The runway will not be retaining water again as it were in the past because of the introduction of new technology” he said.
Sirika, who could not hide his joy at the pace of work on the runway and the speed at which AFLs were installed said, “Can you see that the installation of Airfield Lightings is going on. This is three to four days’ work and we still have about eight days to go. We are happy and we are on course”.