Hadi Sirika, the Nigerian Minister of state for aviation, says the restoration of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is almost complete.
The Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja was temporarily closed on the 8th of March, 2017 for a six-week repair of its runway.
The minister while briefing journalists on Thursday had said: “Work is going on smoothly and everything is in order.”
According to the minister, the airport will be reopened for use on the 19th of April.
“About 57.5 percent of the total work has been done, which is good and it shows that we are on time and that we are doing what we are supposed to do to ensure that the runway is opened come 19th of April,” he said.
Meanwhile, local and international flights have been diverted to Kaduna International Airport.
The minister also talked about a new technology where glass grid is put in the process of constructing the runway in order to give it extra strength and prevent cracks.
“This is the first time any Nigerian runway is being treated with such material and that material is a 50 tonner.
We had to fly it into Nigeria to ensure that it comes in time for this job and you have seen samples of it.
“The runway work is going according to plan and you could also see that we are working simultaneously.
Whilst the surface work is being finished, the installation of lightings are going on at the same time.
Channels are being cut for the laying of wires and also installing the lights at the same time. So, we are on course and this runway will be opened on April 19.”
Sirika shared the progress of the airport in a series of tweets.
Work on Abuja Airport runway rehabilitation going on in earnest, no worries, we are on target. Bear with us. Thanks you all,???????? pic.twitter.com/T0CuQ1mOve
— Hadi Sirika (@hadisirika) March 25, 2017
Abuja Runway repairs, we are on time, to Allah be the glory???????????? pic.twitter.com/SryeG7hLM4
— Hadi Sirika (@hadisirika) March 28, 2017
On Abuja runway rehabilitation site, work about 57.5% completed! Thank you all for the support. ?????????? pic.twitter.com/oRjQxlf3Ry
— Hadi Sirika (@hadisirika) March 30, 2017