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The Minister of State, Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, has said that contractors will be mobilised to site to fix the ruptured part of the runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Recall in July 2016, Sen. Sirika had inspected the runway and discovered huge craters on some portions of the runway but work couldn't commence immediately due to paucity of funds.
However, the minister said funds are now available and the ruptured portions of the runway will be fixed as quickly as possible.
Sen. Sirika made the commitment yesterday at the sidelines of the 24th Meeting of Western and Central African Satellite Networks Management Committee (SNMC/24) hosted by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) in Abuja.
"Contractors are back on site in Port Harcourt to finish the terminal building especially the arrival side. Also our contractors are back on site on the Ebugu runway and the central taxi way in Lagos. Significant too is that the Abuja runway is being attended to. The contractor will be mobilized to site shortly within this week or next week", he said.
Earlier while declaring the four days meeting open, the minister said Nigeria a few years ago embarked on a turnkey project for the provision of a new aeronautical telecommunication network to automate its aeronautical information management system, develop a communication backbone with a network of 26 VSATs at all Nigerian airports, as well as the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) headquarters and the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for search and rescue coordination.