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Work resumes at Akanu Ibiam Airport

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Hopes that the Akanu Ibiam International airport, Enugu may reopen for commercial flight operations next month have been rekindled as construction work resumed on Thursday at the airport.

The development is coming two months after work was suspended over the coronavirus pandemic and several months after the airport was closed for repair works.

The Federal Government announced the closure of the airport in August last year to make way for its rehabilitation, repair and expansion of the dilapidated runway. Work had began with Easter this year given as possible date for its reopening.

However, workers of the PW Construction Company, the contractor that won the job, had in the month of March left site over the ravaging coronavirus in the country.

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who addressed reporters after an inspection tour of the site had, while regretting the development, announced that it had forced the federal government to stop work on the site, thereby altering the reopening date.

He added that had work gone on for another 14 days, the jobs would have been completed and assured that the work would continue when the pandemic was over.

On Thursday, however, workers of the PW Construction Company were seen on site laying the Fibre glass and Binder Course over the regulated asphalt runway. The operations commenced on Thursday.

One of the officials told The Guardian on the condition of anonymity: “We have had to battle phenomenal challenges and mitigating factors to reach this milestone, the pandemic lockdown notwithstanding.

“A lot has happened in the past few weeks. Barring any major unanticipated disruptions, end of June may be appropriate.

“What we are doing now is for the runway and perhaps airfield light. Many other projects shall follow thereafter; such as Perimeter Fencing, Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), Clinic, refurbished terminal building, Water supply/treatment systems, enhanced car park, and external drainage systems.”


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