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N92bn Abuja Airport 2nd Runway to be Delivered in 6 Months

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Resurfaced only runway at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, NAIA, delivered with airfield lightings on 17th April 2017, 48 hours ahead of the deadline

The National Assembly joint committees on aviation have been assured of the completion of the N92 billion second Abuja International Airport Runway before the exit of the current regime.

The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika gave the assurance on Thursday during an oversight visit to the airport by the joint committees of the Senate and House of Representatives led by Senator Abiodun Olujimi and Honourable Nnolim Nnaji.

The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika who conducted members of the committees of the two Chambers of the National Assembly round the ongoing projects at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, disclosed that the contractor for the second runway, Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company, (CCECC) had been fully mobilized.

Both chairmen stressed that the Construction of the second Abuja Airport runway was long overdue considering the strategic importance of the airport to the nation.

Honourable Nnaji who sought the commitment of the contractor that the project would be completed on schedule observed that Abuja being the administrative capital of Nigeria coupled with its growing economy could no longer cope with a single airport runway.

The quickly fixed-only runway at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, NAIA was delivered as scheduled, in April 2017.

The CCECC project manager, Yang Yantao, in responding to Honourable Nnaji’s demand for assurance that the runway would be on stream on schedule stressed that with proper funding, the CCECC would deliver the runway and all the components in six months.

Senator Olujimi also used the occasion of the visit to assure the Honourable Minister that the committees of both Chambers would do whatever possible to restore the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, (NAMA) back to the Federal Government Budgetary allocation because of its critical role in the safety of air navigation.

Senator Sirika had earlier in his remarks applauded the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Aviation for their continued support of the aviation industry.
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The legislators before departing inspected the airport’s cargo terminal and the multistory car park both of which were at the advanced stages of completion.

RECALL THE QUICKLY FIXED RUNWAY (MARCH-APRIL 2017) DELIVERED AHEAD OF THE DEADLINE- ET BEST ALLY

The renewal of the ABJ runway and the main taxiway width of 45 meters was completed 48 hours ahead of the six weeks deadline by the then Minister of State for Transport, Sen Hadi Sirika.

The date scheduled for delivery was 19th April 2017, but the construction company, Julius Berger Plc, completed the reconstruction on 17th April 2017.

First to land on the 3.6km long runway was the Minister, who flew in from Kaduna. Next to land same day on the runway was Ethiopian Airlines.

The Minister on behalf of the federal government expressed gratitude to Ethiopian Airlines for cooperating with the Nigerian government during the period of the closure of Abuja airport, describing it as a good example of intra-African cooperation.

The airport is approximately 20 kilometers (12 mi) west of Abuja and has an international and a domestic terminal that shares its single runway.

The Abuja non-directional beacon is 1.7 nautical miles (3.1 km) off the threshold of Runway 22. The Abuja VOR-DME is 1.3 nautical miles (2.4 km) off the same runway. Asphalt milling and new paving, 48,000 t. Installation of fiberglass grid, 55 t

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