The runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, will be ready today for use, two days ahead of the April 19 deadline.
Managing director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Engineer Saleh Dunoma who made this known on Sunday in Lagos, said that all the critical items of work at the runway are 100 per cent completed, except the markings and the cleaning.
According to him, asphalt work is 100 per cent, markings have reached almost 70 per cent and the airfield lighting system has reached 80 per cent,
The FAAN boss speaking after inspecting the progress of work, also said the authority used the opportunity provided by the closure of the airport to address other Airport Excellence in Safety (APEX) related items.
“Asphalt work is 100 per cent, markings have reached almost 70 per cent, the airfield lighting system has reached 80 per cent.
“All the critical items of work are 100 per cent except may be two items, which of course is the markings and the cleaning.
“Other critical item which is not works but the inspection by NCAA who will certify that the repairs that had been carried out is satisfactory and give us go ahead to bring in traffic.
“We are now leveling all the airfield lightings’ locations, all the installations and flash with the ground surface.
“In case of any skidding, there will not be concrete projection above the ground surface,” he said.
The Abuja Airport was shut on March 8 for six weeks to enable Julius Berger rebuild the 3.6 kilometre runway.