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Serika sets standard, installs countdown clocks at Abuja airport for repairs delivery time

Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has installed dual countdown clocks at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, as part of moves to put Julius Berger on their toes in meeting the six weeks deadline.

The runway was said to have been in use for 35 years without any major rehabilitation and proper maintenance as against the original 20-year life span.

One of the clocks was installed at the access gate (toll gate), the second one at the entry of the terminal and the third in the main hall.

Currently, four weeks had elapsed remaining two weeks to the delivery date of April 19, the signed reopening date of the airport.

According to him, the clocks were signs of seriousness and commitment of government to ensuring that the programme of work was followed by contractors, and remind to them that time was of essence.

Details from the Minister’s twitter handle; @hadisirika, showed that the countdown clocks installed at the gate of Abuja airport to remind and pressure contractors to deliver in 6 weeks.

Sirika also announced on his twitter handle that the rehabilitation work had reached 75 per cent, saying “Happy to announce we are at 75% completion of Abuja airport rehabilitation. Programme of work is running as outlined”.

The Federal Government shut the Abuja airport on March 8 for six weeks, to enable Julius Berger to carry out much needed repair on the failed 3.6 km runway.

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