Abuja, March 27, 2017 (TNE): Repair work on Abuja runaway, started on March 18, is 40 per cent completed 19 days after, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Julius Berger, the contractor handling the repair, confirmed on Monday.
The duo gave made this known in Abuja when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation led by its Chairman, Mrs Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, inspected the project.
Mr Yemi Ayelesan, Resident Engineer, FAAN, told the committee that the hardest part of the work, which is mailing of the 3.6 km. runway, had been completed.
He explained that the laying of ”fibre glide rubber” which prevents water from going deep underground and also prevents runway from cracking, has also been completed.
He told the committee members that the contractors were working to specifications and would deliver on schedule, expressing confidence that the six-week deadline for completion and reopening of the airport was feasible.
Ayelesan said the repair work was a total reconstruction and not partial rehabilitation, explaining that the entire runway had been excavated for laying of asphalt.
He said there were isolated areas that were so bad that required digging deeper beyond mailing and laying of asphalt, as the entire surface is mailed to a certain depth.
”Laying asphalt does not take time; it is the easiest part of the work.
”The lighting system is the next step, and the cable can be fixed within two days; as things are now, we will start fixing the light cable on March 29,” he said.
Dr Lai’s Richter, Project Manager, Julius Berger, said the work was being done in line with the programme of work.
Richter said the fixing of the lighting cable would commence on Wednesday, restating that the runway repair would be completed before April 19 deadline.
The Chairman of the House Committee, Onyejeocha, said the visit was to seek explanation on the level of work so far in line with the project agreement.
She also raised concern as to whether the repair work was a total reconstruction or partial repair, urging the contractor to ensure the completion of the project as scheduled.
”We want them to know that Nigerians are concerned and that there should be no extension of the completion date based on the agreement that we have put in place, ” she said.
The runway was shut on March 8 for six weeks for total repair of the runway at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, while Abuja flights are being diverted to Kaduna Airport in the meantime. (TNE)