In the first one week of the ongoing reconstruction of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, LEADERSHIP findings have shown that a little above 1200 meters have been mailed, with the construction going according to plan.
LEADERSHIP Friday has reported that the contractor had mobilized to the runway on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 after the runway was officially closed for reconstruction.
When our reporter visited the airport yesterday, it was discovered that mailing (excavation) of the runway surface had gone far as out of the 3610 meters, the contractor had mailed 1200 meters in its first week.
Speaking to the engineer incharge of the reconstruction, who is representing the general manager of the Federal Airports Authority, Engr. Nuhu Mustapha, he explained that the construction is going according to plan and in the next two weeks, the mailing will be totally completed.
Explaining further, Engr. Mustapha said the focus of the reconstruction is at the middle of the runway, where the planes land as that is the place that is mostly affected in the whole runway.
He also noted that the level of the reconstruction will depend on the level of damage done to the runway, explaining that any area which istotally damaged will be totally replaced down to the third layer.
When asked the maintainence plan for the runway to avoid total collapse in future, Engr. Mustapha said the present reconstruction is billed to last for 10 years and there are maintainence plan for the runway already put in place.
Meanwhile, passengers have continued to express satisfaction with the federal government’s plan of moving passengers to and from Kaduna.
According to Hon. Johnson Erijo, of the Delta State House of Assembly, “no fee has been charged except the money I paid for the ticket. The arrangement for now is perfect though I don’t know what it will become later but what I am experiencing now shows that the operation is seamless and working fine.”
Also, another passenger, Prof. Dolapo Lufadeju said “the screening of passengers is also okay by me as that is for our safety. The important thing is that there may be no need to do another screening in Kaduna since all of us have been screened in Abuja.”