Enuguâ€” Work on the runway of the Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu, has started in earnest, according to its Manager, Mr Chigbo Nwobu.
Nwobu said the airport was closed to traffic at midnight on February 10, to allow for the renovation and extension of the runway.
â€œThe closure will last for one year,â€™â€™ the manager said.
Our Correspondent who visited the airport yesterday, reports that the usual hustle and bustle at the airport was absent. However, there were a few personnel of the Federal Airports Authority, FAAN, Nigeria Airspace ManagementÂ Authority, NAMA, members of the airport car hire association and food vendors at the airport.
Efforts to speak with officials of the construction firm handling the project, PW Nigeria Ltd, failed as the Project Manager declined comment, saying that he had no authority to speak.
He directed our Correspondent to the Resident Engineer, Mr Tony Ukwaku as the right person to speak on the project, but on contact, Ukwaku also declined comment.
Ukwaku said that he is a civil servant and not allowed to talk and redirected our CorrespondentÂ to the Project Manager, who could not change his mind. Meanwhile, the Agbazobu community occupying the path of the new runway had been relocated to allow the contractor a free hand to complete the project in record time.
The community had, however, been resettled. There was a heavy presence of young men hanging around the main gate of the company, who the Public Affairs Manager, Mr Callistus Otakagu, explained were job seekers.
He, however, said that they were not skilled workers and could not be employed at this stage of work on the project.