Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has said that work on the second runway at the Akwa Ibom International Airport, would be completed next year and would be inaugurated for operation by July 2016.
Emmanuel who disclosed this during the inspection of the project site last weekend in Uyo expressed satisfaction with the speed of work done within five months by the contractor.
The Governor said that the 3.6km runway has capacity for landing Boeing 747 aircraft and other cargo planes.
“I should commission this taxiway which is equal to a second runway by first week of July next year. I just hope Mr. President will be free that time to just come and cut the tape for a second runway executed by a State Government.
“That will in case of emergency, serve as an alternative runway,” he said.
He maintained that the extent of work done within this short time showed commitment and sincerity of purpose by his administration to Akwa Ibom people.
The second runway he said, remains an asset to Akwa Ibom people that would yield returns as soon as it is completed and put to use.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Special Duties Engr. Etido Inyang said that the taxiway was designed to be an alternate runway in case of emergency adding that the quality of the job would be compared to any international airport in the world.
“The lighting that we are putting in place is enormous and good enough to guide any airplane in.
With the level of instrument landing system that we have at the airport, landings will not be a problem at all.
“That is where we are and I am very happy with the speed of work and with the quality of work. I can assure that with the completion of the second taxiway, the airport would accommodate about eight Boeing 747at a time.” Inyang said.
The Project Manager, GITTO Construction Company, Mr. Chanem Rasbieh, assured that with adequate funding, the company would deliver the job as scheduled and assured the state government that the job would be done based on specification and international standard.


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