The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it has achieved 90 per cent completion on the ongoing repair of 1836R runway at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja.
The Managing Director of FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, made this known during an inspection tour of the runway in Lagos on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that FAAN, on July 7, closed the Muritala Muhammed Airport (MMA) runway for 90 days, for installation of Airfield Lighting (AFL).
FAAN said it would also install the approach lights, runway lights, (threshold, centerline, edge lights) for runway 18 36R so as to return to 247 operations.
Yadudu told newsmen that FAAN intended to meet its 90 days deadline but would delay and do a thorough job if it had to.
The managing director explained that apart from the MMA, FAAN was upgrading virtually all the airports in the country that were under its purview.
“So far, I think we have done about 90 per cent and we are on schedule; and remember we are very optimistic, but if anything would make it to be delayed, I would boldly make it delayed.
“I would rather have a good job concluded, safely.
Aviation is not about quick fixes it is about long term fixes.
“For 12 years, this is not working, but now you are getting it in a few hours, what is the problem?
“The bottom line is our target up to this moment, but anything that will hinder and we are sure has to do with the safety, we will not hesitate that is our primary responsibility, but so far there is none.
“And we are committed; this is my 10th visit and there are people here daily, monitoring and supervising the project,” he said.
Speaking on Taxiway Bravo, Yadudu said the project had been stalled due to inflation affecting procurement cost, especially of bitumen.
He noted that the Taxiway Bravo had been at about 95 per cent for the past five months, however, it was affected by issues that had to do with procurement.
“Suddenly we have inflation and the contractor is complaining, but he is working with FAAN and the Ministry to see how we can find a solution to the problem.
”This inflation issue suddenly increased the cost of bitumen and asphalt and we are trying to resolve it quietly, so he also ends up doing a good job,.
“We do not want him to do a bad job because he has concerns, and we are addressing those concerns.
” “It would have been commissioned four, five months ago, but we need to do a good job that everyone would be proud of,” he said.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has re-affirmed its commitment to ensuring continued sustenance of safe and secure flight operations in spite of challenges facing the aviation industry.The Director-General of NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, made this known to aviation journalists at the Muritala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, on Friday.Nuhu promised that the regulatory agency would continue the implementation of its statutory responsibilities and duties to retain the confidence of the flying public.He said investigations were still ongoing into the operations of the suspended Dana Air and it would remain grounded until all the identified issues had been resolved, in compliance with Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) According to him, the detailed report of the two audits on DANA, shows the determination of the NCAA in ensuring that the safety of flights is foremost and overrides all other considerations.The director-general recalled that the NCAA had carried out a Financial and Economic Health Audit in addition to Technical Safety Audit of the airline.“The outcome of the two audit revealed a weak financial position and grave violations of Nig.CARs, which prompted the immediate suspension of the airline’s Air Transport License (ATL) and Air Operators Certificate (AOC).“However, I want to express dismay at some negative comments on the NCAA in some social media platforms based on interview that took place on a television network.“Almost the entirety of the comments during the interview were direct quotes of NCAA findings of the two audits.“The details of these investigations and proactive action showed the professionalism of the apex regulatory agency.” Nuhu urged industry experts to seek clarification from the NCAA to make informed and balanced comments because it was opened to informed criticisms geared toward improving the industry.The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that NCAA had in July, suspended the operations of Dana Air’s Transport License (ATL) and Air Operator Certificate (AOC) indefinitely.Nuhu in a statement said suspension was because of the outcome of a Financial and Economic Health Audit and a Technical Safety Audit carried out on the airline’s flight operations.According to NCAA, the airline was no longer in a position to meet its financial obligations and to conduct safe flight operations Nuhu had said that its action was made pursuant to Section 35(2), 3(b) and (4) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 184.108.40.206(a)(1) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015.NewsSourceCredit: NAN