KanyiDaily had reported that the Enugu airport was closed on August 24, 2019, for the rehabilitation of the runway and upgrade of other infrastructure to meet international standards.
Sirika, who was at the airport to inspect the progress of work on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, confirmed that the project was 90-95 per cent ready. He said:
“We wanted to make a quick intervention in this procurement to ensure that the once dilapidated runway that was a threat to the safety of our operations have been dealt with.
“We were on course but unfortunately COVID came and the workers took to their heels to ensure that they remain safe. We are back on site and we have made a tremendous amount of progress.
“We are about 90 to 95 per cent completing this job. However, the final wearing course is where we are on the runway while the perimeter fencing and the road is going on and other works including airfield lighting for day and night operations and for it to truly answer its name – Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.”
“The season now is the rainy season and just like COVID, the rainy season is also a monster in the procurement of this nature but the contractor, the consultants are doing extremely well and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) who is a client and I am happy with the progress of work. I am very confident that this procurement will be delivered on the 30th August 2020,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sirika had announced new dates for the resumption of domestic flightsafter it was shutdown months ago to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
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