The Federal Government has imported fibre glass grid system for the repair of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, currently undergoing reconstruction.
The fibreglass grid system is a unique coating which offers excellent heat resistance and stability to a melting point of 900 degrees Fahrenheit .
It helps to enhance runway in terms of performance and durability as well as reduce cost of maintenance.
Minister of State for Aviation, Sen Hadi Sirika, who disclosed this while on inspection of the airport, yesterday, said government had to import 50 tonnes of the fibre glass grid by air to ensure it was laid on the runway before the asphalt was laced, for strength and durability.
Sirika, who was accompanied by his colleague in Information and Culture Ministry, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, also said work on the runway repair had progressed by 57.5 percent, re-assuring that the airport would be ready for use April 19.
“The fibre glass grid is the first of its kind in the country. It gives the runway extra strength and durability. And we are simultaneously working on installations and lightings of the runway,’’ he said.
He added that some other works were also ongoing at the airport, such as the terminal buildings B and D.
He said: “We are also working on terminals B and D to install a lift for disabled and the aged and to make both robust and seamless so that International and local passengers do not mix up. The terminals are going to be more functional and efficient.
“We have gone three weeks out of the six weeks timeline. Work is going on smoothly and everything is in order. It shows we are on course, we are on time and the reopening of the runway will be on April 19.”
He said Kaduna International Airport had so far moved 50 international flights and 4,000 passengers, while 1,119 local flights had moved 73,000 passengers from the airport.
Lending his voice, Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said there was need to check on Abuja airport at intervals to update Nigerians on the progress of work on the runway.
“The other day we went to Kaduna airport and now we are at Abuja airport. This is to keep all hands on deck to ensure the work is completed on time for the safety of passengers.”