Abuja runway ready ahead of schedule- FAAN

Ebun Francis || The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria(FAAN) on Sunday said the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, which was shut on the 8th of March 2017 for six weeks repair of the runway by Julius Berger plc will reopen to public use on Monday.

The disclosure was contained in a statement by the media consultant to the minister of state for aviation, Ariyo Akinfenwa.

“We will be ready April 17 but we are leaving the remaining two days for Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA),” the statement read.

“We have written to them and they will come by today (Sunday) to do the preliminary inspection.

“They have to certify the airport that what we have done is in accordance with their standards.

“If there is any observation as a result of the inspection, we will now make sure we carry out corrections.

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“All the critical items of work are 100 percent except maybe two items; which of course are the markings and the cleaning,” he said.

“Asphalt work is 100 per cent, markings have reached almost 70 percent and the airfield lighting system has reached 80 percent.”

“We are now leveling all the airfield lightings’ locations, all the installations and flash with the ground surface,” he said.

“In the case of any skidding, there will not be concrete projection above the ground surface.”

“The runway does not need calibration. All we need to check is to make sure there is 100 percent illumination,” he said.

“Calibration is done periodically. When the time come for calibration, the appropriate authority will calibrate the Instrument Landing System (ILS).”

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It will be recalled that minister of state for aviation did say he will resign if the runway was not fixed within the six week period earmarked for the Job.