Abuja Airport: FG reassures opening of airport by April 16

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[Abuja]–Minister of State for Aviation, Sen Hadi Sirika has reassured that the Abuja international airport will ready for use by April 19, stating that work on the runway repair had progressed by 57.5 percent.

The minister who was accompanied by his colleague in Information and Culture Ministry, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this while on inspection of the airport, yesterday.

Speaking on the level of work done at the airport, the minister revealed that the federal government recently imported 50 tonnes fibre glass grid system that will enhance the runway in terms of performance and durability as well as reduce cost of maintenance.

“The fibre glass grid is the first of its kind in the country. It gives the runway extra strength and durability. And we are simultaneously working on installations and lighting of the runway,’’ he said.

He included  that works were also ongoing in other places at the airport, such as the terminal buildings B and D.

He said, “we are also working on terminals B and D to install a lift for disabled and the aged and to make both robust and seamless so that International and local passengers do not mix up. The terminals are going to be more functional and efficient.

“We have gone three weeks out of the six weeks timeline. Work is going on smoothly and everything is in order. It shows we are on course, we are on time and the reopening of the runway will be on April 19.

In his own statement, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said there was need to constantly visit the Abuja airport in order update Nigerians on the progress of work on the runway.

He added that the constant visits is “to keep all hands on deck  to ensure the work is completed on time for the safety of passengers.”

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