Aviation minister fixes August 30 to complete Enugu airport runway

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Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has said that the ongoing rehabilitation of the runway of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, will be completed by August 30.

Sirika told newsmen on Tuesday, shortly after inspecting the ongoing works at the airport, that the rainy season was largely responsible for the delay in the completion of the runway rehabilitation.

The aviation minister expressed satisfaction with the quality of work done, added that the Enugu airport runway, on completion, will be one of the best in the country.

Accompanied by the Secretary to the Enugu State Government, Prof. Simon Ortuanya, the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Capt. Hamisu Rabiu Yadudu, the Enugu Airport Manager, Mrs. Cecilia Oguama, and others on the inspection, the minister said that the Federal Government  “wanted to make a very quick intervention in this procurement, to ensure that this once dilapidated runway was completely rehabilitated.”

He noted that the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) hindered the progress of work, as the safety of the workers was priority.

According to the Minister, “we are back to site and we have made tremendous progress. What is left is little. We have completed about 90-95 percent of the job. The perimeter fence and the road are ongoing and other works to ensure that this airport, including the air field lighting, is delivered for day and night operations.

“Just like COVID-19, the rainy season is a monster in construction or procurement of this nature. But the contractor is doing well, likewise the consultant. I am happy at the rate at which they are going and I am very confident that this procurement will be delivered on August 30, 2020. This, of course, is with due consideration to the weather.”

He commended the South East Governors for their show of commitment in seeing that the airport is rehabilitated.

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