N11bn Yobe cargo airport ready in five months-Shettima

The Commissioner for Works in Yobe, Alhaji Lawan Shettima, on Thursday, said that the state’s N11.3 billion cargo airport would be completed in the next five months.

The commissioner made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Damaturu.

He gave the assurance that the airport contract awarded in September 2017 would be completed before the expiration of Governor Ibrahim Gaidam’s administration.

“In spite of the additional works introduced in the project, work has reached 67 per cent completion.

“The runway has reached 55 per cent, access road, 56 per cent; gate house, 73 per cent; and gauge wire fence of the entire airport, 100 per cent, just as the terminal has reached advanced stage,” Shettima said.

According to the commissioner, the runway was extended from 3.1km to 4.1km and a round beam introduced to the terminal building, while the control tower was expanded with advice from the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority.

“The additional work will cost the state government another N4.3 billion, and the contractors said they would commence installation of the equipment by January 2019,” Shettima said.

He said that the ministry had been adequately supervising the project to ensure quality work.

“The parking bay at the airport fire service station has also been increased from two to three to accommodate additional fire fighting vehicles.

“The state government has adequate funds to service completion of the project; in fact, government has opened a dedicated account for the airport project.

“It is another project very close to the governor’s heart; he wants it completed in time,” he said.

News Reporter

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