To avert the inconveniences experienced during the reconstruction of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (Abuja) runway, Aviation experts and other stakeholders in the sector have called on the contractors, Julius Berger Nigeria not to move its equipment from the site and to ensure that it commences work on the second runway immediately.
The Director of a Non Governmental Organization, e-global concept for good governance, Mr. Emmanuel Ochaja who spoke with newsmen on behalf of Aviation stakeholders in Abuja on the reopening of the Abuja runway which was completed on record time by the construction giant, said that leaving the equipments at the site will assure Nigerians that the Company is willing to commence construction work on the second runway at the Airport.
Ochaja who commended government and Julius Berger for completion of repair works on the first runway and for quickly reopening it for flight operations, noted that constructing a second runway will check lapses of the past as well as boost the fortunes of the Airport.
He urged the federal government to come up with a supplementary budget to accommodate the construction of the second runway which abinitio was not considered in the 2017 budget.
The second runway according to Ochaja, "should be handled with a sense of urgency in order not to inconvenience Nigerians any longer by suggesting the use of alternative routes."
While calling on the Federal Government not to loose focus on the importance of having a second runway, Ochaja recalled that lack of planning and failure to set a clear agenda and carefully executing them, was responsible for the dilapidation of the Abuja Airport runway over the years at the detriment of human lives.
He however called on government not to be carried away with the successful completion of the first runway but should rather ensure that the airport is upgraded to compete favourably among the best in the world.