The contractor handling the rehabilitation of the Enugu Airport has asked to be allowed to shift the completion date to June 2020, eMetro has learnt.
The proposal to extend the completion date however did not go down well with the Federal Government which has insisted that the contractors deliver on the already announced date of April 2020.
These facts came to light yesterday, 16 January 2020, during a visit to the construction site by Chairman of South East Governors Forum, Engr. Dave Umahi.
Umahi is the Governor of Ebonyi State.
The Governor’s plea with the consultant and the contractors to do all within their power to complete the project on schedule threw open the issue.
Project Consultant, Mr Sani Baba, told the Governor that the completion date has become a contractor issue.
The contractor had opted to deliver the project in June 2020 but the Federal Government rejected the proposal and insisted on having the job delivered in April, he said.
Mr. Baba told the Governor that the scheduled delivery date can still be achieved if the contractors decide to “crash” the project (by carrying out many tasks simultaneously).
Before he left the site, Umahi expressed satisfaction with the scope of work completed.
The old runway has been pulverised while the pavement is under construction.
The contractors however declined to speak about what they were doing.
The Ebonyi State Governor said that with the pedigree of the consultant, there is every assurance that a first-rate job would be done.
He also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for timely release of funds for the project.
“We are impressed with the quality and speed of the work and believe that at the end of the day we shall have a lasting airport,” he said.