Abuja airport terminal undergoes rehabilitation


The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has embarked on the rehabilitation of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, terminal ahead of its scheduled re-opening on April 19.

A Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who went by the air terminal on Friday, reports that work was continuous at both the local and international wings of Terminal B.

NAN watched that most parts of the building were being repainted with general toilets experiencing repairs while the Bureau de change stand in the terminal building had been pulled down.

The FAAN Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, who talked with NAN, said the continuous redesign was to guarantee that the airport reopened with offices and terminals  that meet worldwide standard.

Yakubu said that the Bureau de change stand would be remodelled in line with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standard.

The representative included that the authority, being aware of the predicament of physically challenged and disabled, had chosen to give lift and elevators at the flight corridor.

In the interim, the Minister of State, Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, had said on Thursday that the airplane terminal would wear another look by April 19 when it would be reopened.

Sirika said that FAAN was doing finished recovery of the Terminal B’s universal wing with elevators and lift at the flight lobby for the physically challenged and disabled.
“The airport is re-opening on April 19 with better runway, better facilities and will be more efficient and compliant with ICAO protocol on standard and best practices.

“Also, we are opening a lounge for the physically challenged and elderly and this is in response to the feedback that we got.

“In terminal B building also lift, toilets and other ancillary facilities will be provided.

“The closure of this airport also means that we improve the terminal to be more robust and create a seamless flow of international and local passengers,’’ he said.

NAN recalls that the Federal Government close the air terminal on March 8 for a month and a half, to enable Julius Berger to repair of the old 3.6 kms runway.

The runway was said to have been being used for a long time with no repair as against the first 20-year life traverse.

The restoration work has reached 57 per cent completion three weeks after the closure.