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Three months after construction, Ebonyi govt approves N13 billion for rehabilitation of airport runway

The Ebonyi State government on Tuesday said it has approved over N13 billion for the immediate rehabilitation of the Chuba Okadigbo’s International Airport runway, Onueke, Ezza South Local Government Area.

DAILY POST reports that the Chuba Okadigbo airport runway is being rehabilitated barely three months after it was constructed and commissioned by the former governor, David Umahi.

The commissioner of Aviation and Transport Technology, Mrs. Ngozi Obichukwu, made this known while speaking to newsmen at the airport, shortly after the official handover of the runway site to the contractor.

Obichukwu said that the runway rehabilitation, which was awarded to Infrastructure Development Company, IDC, will take the maximum period of eight months for its completion.

She said: “The contractor has fulfilled the procurement requirements that we gave them, at the biding opening, assessment and evaluation.

” The IDC construction company has today meet up with our requirements on the runway design. They will start work next week and the job is expected to be completed in the six to eight months, so that the full flight operations will start.”

She added that the state government led by governor, Francis Nwifuru, has mobilized the contractor by fifty percent, to enable him commence work immediately at the runway site.

Responding, the Area Manager of IDC construction company, Engr. Youssef Zghib, said that the concrete used in the airport runway will be scraped half way to enable the asphalting to blend together.

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“The only reason why the flight could not land here is because of the rigidity of the concrete and once the 150mm of combined asphalt is layed, there will be no other excuse for an airline not to land here” he stated.

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