WorldStage Newsonline-- The contractor handling the new terminal building project at Kaduna International Airport, Dari Investment Limited, has confirmed that the project is 92 per cent completed and will be ready by the end of February.
The company’s Project Engineer, Mr Kazeem Keji told journalists during an inspection tour of the airport said the deadline for the completion is February 28,2017.
He said the major component of the project had been completed while the fittings, lightnings and the ceiling would be fixed during the week.
He said, “We are not looking at the March 8, 2017, our deadline for completion is February ending and we are going to finish it.
“We have done the major part of the project, it is only the fittings that we are expecting to be delivered tomorrow after which the ceiling will be fixed.”
The Airport Manager, Hajiya Amina Ozi-Salami, said the airport was ready for the expected traffic upsurge.
Ozi-Salami stated that the runway was in perfect condition, adding that the capacity of the airport had been enhanced to accommodate any type of aircraft.
She added the lightning of the runway would be completed during the week as well as enhancing the needed manpower to meet the operational needs during the six weeks period.
According to her, the fire and safety equipment as well as the navigational equipment of the airport were been upgraded in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standard.
She said, “We are going to also boost the manpower by deploying staff from Abuja to Kaduna and we are bringing in 40 fire and safety staff and 57 security staff.
“The management has been making effort to stop villagers around the airport from tresspassing and the state government has started working on the vandalised portion of the perimeter fencing.
“With the synergy among the security agencies, the issue of security has been taken care of.”
Similarly, Alhaji Abubakar Danladi, Head, Fire and Safety, said that three fire tenders were functional, while others were being repaired.
He said the authority would also provide additional ones to help them to attain “Category 9”.
According to him, we are expecting more support from Abuja with additional manpower.
Mr Jatau Nehemiah, Controller, Airport Control Tower saidthat the communication equipment and other navigational aids were being deployed for effective operation during the period.
Nehemiah said that more equipment were also being installed, assuring that the facilities on ground were adequately enough to cater for all kinds of aircraft.
The Federal Government earlier announced decision to shut Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for the repair of the failed portion of its runway from March 8, 2017.
It had also announced the diversion of all Abuja bound flights during the period to Kaduna airport.