Enugu air­port re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ready be­fore Easter — Min­is­ter

The Punch - - BUSINESS & ECONOMY - Mau­reen Ihua-maduenyi and Raphael Ede

The Min­is­ter of Aviation, Senator hadi Sirika, has said the Akanu Ibiam In­ter­na­tional Air­port run­way in enugu would be com­pleted be­fore easter.

The min­is­ter, who in­spected the re­con­struc­tion project on Thurs­day, said the run­way would be re­opened early enough for op­er­a­tions to trav­ellers dur­ing the pe­riod.

Sirika stated that due to the strate­gic im­por­tance of the air­port to the South­east re­gion, the Fed­eral Govern­ment care­fully con­tracted the project to a rep­utable con­struc­tion com­pany, Messrs pw Limited.

he ex­plained that the con­trac­tor had promised that the project would be com­pleted be­fore easter.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ter, the new in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal be­ing con­structed at the air­port will also be com­pleted be­fore the end of the year.

he said the In­stru­ment Land­ing Sys­tems, air field light­ning, taxi lights and other key de­liv­er­ables were also part of the project that would be de­liv­ered.

The Fed­eral Govern­ment had in Au­gust closed the run­way of the air­port for ma­jor re­pairs and work on the air­field.

Sirika had stated that some of the rea­sons for the clo­sure in­cluded the air­port’s bad run­way and land­ing aids, and the pres­ence of a mar­ket nearby which at­tracted birds that had led to con­stant bird strikes on air­craft.

The min­is­ter had also said the state ra­dio mast was wrongly placed and was di­rectly fac­ing the run­way.

The Chair­man, house Com­mit­tee on Aviation, Mr Nno­lim Nnaji, said the house would work with the Fed­eral Govern­ment to en­sure that the air­port was com­pleted and de­liv­ered on sched­ule.

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