BRIEF PRESENTATION BY THE CHAIRMAN, AIIA REFURBISHMENT/PALLIATIVE WORKS COMMITTEE, AS AN INTERACTIVE SESSION WITH THE PRESS
- AIIA was closed on 24th August, 2019.
- Following the heels of the closure, the SEGF met with the Honourable Minister Aviation on 31st, August, 2019 to review the modalities for setting up platforms for making sure that the runway and the associated works were executed, in line with international best standards and that the project was adequately funded.
- In order to ensure the realization of complete adherence to international Best Standards in the execution of this strategic project, SEGF AIIA Rehabilitation/Palliative Works Committee was born out of that meeting
- The membership of the committee is Thus: Five commissioners of works of the five states of the South East, Prof. Fred Eze representing Ohaneze Ndigbo, Archbishop Ede representing the clergy and Engr. Chris Okoye, the Chairman of the committee.
- The terms of Reference/mandate of the committee are thus:
- To interface with the Honourable Minister of Aviation and to ensure that the technical details of the refurbishment are in accordance with international best Standards and that the contract would be awarded to a qualified & competent construction company.
- To ensure that the Airport is built to International Standards.
- To interface with FMWH and FERMA & to ensure that palliative works are carried out within all the failed segments of the designated routes to all the nominated airports that will stand in for the Akanu Ibiam International Airport during the period of closure.
- To work with the 5 South East State Governors/Governments to provide complimentary infrastructures and resources to ensure Seamless Palliative Operations
- To serve as a pressure/advocate team for the ultimate good and advantage of the people of the South East by mobilizing all resources to ensure that the refurbishment and the palliative works are completed on time.
- I’m delighted to confirm that the committee has had a robust, wonderful, beneficial, transparent and incisive relationship with all the stakeholders associated with our terms of reference.
- Brief project history
- The federal Government provided a special fund of 10 Billion naira for the project.
The project commenced on 4th November 2019, with mobilization of equipment and personnel to site. Construction work commenced on 17th November 2019 after the installation of necessary equipment on site. The runway is 3km long, 45m wide with 7.5m shoulder on either side, also with orientation of 08/26.
- The scope of work includes: –
- Mobilization and Demobilization of Equipment and Personnel
- Survey work
- Milling of existing wearing course and CRL
- Laying of Asphaltic Base Course (Regulatory Layer)
- Provision and Laying of Fiberglass Grid
- Laying of Binder Course
- Laying of Wearing Course
- Provision and installation of mass concrete including dowel bars at Turn Pad ends
- Dredging of existing drainage parallel to the runway
- Construction of crash roads
- Provision and installation of Airfield lightening
- Provision and installation of runway markings
- Current Status of Work on Runway Project
|S/N||Milestones||Start Date||Finished date||Status||% Completion|
|1||Regulatory Layer with Fiberglass||January 31, 2020||March 28, 2020||Completed||100%|
|2||Concrete Turn Pad||February 6, 2020||March 19, 2020||Completed||100%|
|3||Binder Course||March 28, 2020||July 3, 2020||Completed||100%|
|4||Wearing course||July 7, 2020||August 27, 2020||Bitumen expected on 26/08/2020||100%|
|5||Taxiway Links with wearing course||August 17, 2020||August 28, 2020||Bitumen expected on 26/08/2020||100%|
|6||Airfield Lightening||August 3, 2020||No date yet||Not yet completed||35%|
|7||PAPI||August 3, 2020||August 29, 2020||Not||100%|
|8||Runway/Taxiway/Apron Pre-markings/Markings||August 15, 2020||August 31, 2020||Not yet completed||100%|
|9||Runway Shoulders||August 29, 2020||September 4, 2020||Expected to be completed on said date||85%|
|10||Crash roads||August 24, 2020||No date yet||Not yet completed||5%|
|11||Dredging/desilting of drainage||July 19, 2020||No date yet||Not yet completed||70%|
- CURRENT STATUS ON OTHER PROJECTS
|S/N||Milestones||Start Date||Finished date||Status||% Completion|
|1||Terminal Building||August 18, 2020||September 20, 2020||Not yet completed||35%|
|2||Entrance Toll gate||July 20, 2020||September 12, 2020||Not yet completed||75%|
|3||Drainage work||March 9, 2020||November 2020||Not yet completed||72%|
|4||Aviation Clinic||March 7, 2020||November, 2020||Not yet completed||52%|
|5||Perimeter Fence||March 23, 2020||November, 2020||Not yet completed||50%|
|6||Perimeter road||June 24, 2020||November, 2020||No yet completed||40%|
|7||Sewage Treatment plant||August, 2020||No date yet||Not yet completed||35%|
|8||Water treatment plant||April, 2020||No date yet||Not yet completed||10%|
|9||Admin Block||June 29, 2020||No date yet||Not yet completed||10%|
|10||Fire watch tower||Not yet commenced||No date yet||Awaiting NCAA inputs||0%|
- The 1st phase of the project comprised:
- the rehabilitation of the runway
- the Airfield lighting
- the runway markings
- minor associated works with the runway
After the procurement process, the contract was awarded, as a Turnkey project, to PW at a contract sum of 8.5 Billion naira.
The other contracts that make up phase 1 are:
- 12km Perimeter fence
- Perimeter Road
- Water treatment Systems
- Sewage treatment Systems
(e and f are not part of the 10 Billion naira. However, funding is being provided by FAAN)
- The 2nd phase of the airport development is thus:
- External Drainages
- Additional Parking lot
- Renovation of the existing terminal building
- Entrance Gate
- Over lay of the external Roads
- The status of the works are as follows:
- Airfield Lighting Contract
We should be able to achieve the following before Monday 7th September 2020:
(if weather conditions and flight operations allow us to work at least 10 hours per day)
- Basic Approach Lighting System on both runways (26/08)
- Runway Edge Lights
- Threshold and Runway End Lights (26/08)
- Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPI) RWY 08+26
- Taxiway Edge Lights
This allows night operations at a visibility not less than 1,000 Meters.
The following equipment will be installed from 7th of September:
- Runway Centre Line Lights (4 weeks)
- Touch Down Zone Lights (4 weeks)
- CAT I Approach on RWY 08 – 4 weeks after area is secured (Fence)
- CAT II Approach on RWY 26 – 6 weeks after area is secured (Fence)
- Signage (November 2020)
- Stop Bars (4 weeks)
Once the above is completed, it will allow night operations at a visibility not less than 800 Meters on RWY 08 and landings on RWY 26 at a RVR not less than 350 Meters. (Assuming the Instrument Landing System is operational)
- Project by NAMA at Akanu Ibiam International Airport
In Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu, NAMA has demonstrated Capacity and Responsibility as the sole Air Navigational Service Provider by ensuring the implementation of the following Projects:
- Installation of NEW SATELLITE COMMUNICATION (VSAT EARTH STATION) which facilitates the availability of RCAG (Remote Control Air to Ground), ATS/DS (Air traffic Services Direct Speech – Airport to Airport hotline communication via satellite), AFTN (Data exchanges between Akanu Ibiam and other Airports around the world via satellite).
- Installation of Extended Range VHF radio coverage for Upper Air Communication for the South East Corridor using 127.3MHZ
- Provision of new Signally Lamp in fulfilment of ICAO SARP for Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu (Installed at the Tower) to replace obsolete one.
- Installation of new Rotating Beacon also in fulfilment of ICAO SARP which replaces the unserviceable one in the Airport.
- Installation of PREFABRICATED PILOT JOINT BRIEFING OFFICES which will provide a
one-stop shop at the airside for crew members to obtain Aeronautical Information Services briefing, Meteorological Information and make necessary payments at a single point in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs).
- Installation of brand-new CAT 2 Instrument Landing System/ Distance Measuring Equipment (ILS/DME) which replaces the old system that was installed since 2003.
- Solar Power Installation to VOR, LOCALISER and GLIDE SLOPE equipment sites.
- Installation of Stop Gap 40kva Generator set to ensure 24hrs availability of newly installed Satellite Facility and Extended VHF for Upper Air Communication for the South East Corridor using 127.3MHZ
radio, AFTN and ATS/DS.
- Provision of new effective Cooling System for Equipment and Administrative offices
- ENUGU STATE GOVERNMENT WHOLLY SPONSORED REHABILITATION OF VOR ROAD (AT EMENE) to ensure access to terminal/enroute VOR/DME, a critical navigational equipment during the raining season. This is currently progressing.
UPCOMING PROJECTS BY NAMA
- SAFE TOWER PROJECT FOR THE AKANU IBIAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CONTROL TOWER
- UPGRADE OF ENUGU ENROUTE/TERMINAL VOR/DME FROM A CVOR TO DVOR.
- INSTALLATION OF CAT 2 ILS FORMALLY AT RUNWAY 26, ON RUNWAY 08 THEREBY PERMITTING ENUGU TO HAVE INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM INSTALLED AT BOTH RUNWAYS I.E RUNWAY 26 AND 08.
Engr Chris Okoye.FIOD, FNIT, FNIA, FNICA, FITN F.ASCE, FNIHTE, FNSE
Chairman, AIIA Refurbishment/Palliative Works Committee