The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has said Lagos airport runway will operate 24 hours once the Federal Government gives the green light to its proposal.
The Managing Director, FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, disclosed this to journalists on Saturday after a facility tour at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
Our correspondent gathered that for 13 years, the AirField Lighting on Runway 18 Left at the airport has been uninstalled, making aircraft unable to land or take off when it is dark on the runway.
In June, the unserviceable state of the runway lights at the Lagos airport forced the British Airways to reschedule all its flights out of London to enable it to land at Lagos airport in the afternoon.
Yadudu, while speaking with journalists, said, “You know FAAN is a government agency; we cannot work and procure a new project when there is an existing one on the same facility.
“So many things you see that are delayed are not delayed because of negligence or lack of attention; it is because you have to follow due process. After two years of Taxiway Bravo, there has been no issues, as you can see now. If not for the issue of an existing contract, we would have finished lighting before bravo because it is more critical.”
He added, “Two years, we couldn’t resolve the issues so we decided to let the ministry resolve it and approve for us to procure the light so we can fix it within six months.
“And within six months, we installed the lighting and the runway will operate 24 hours. It has all been agreed in principle; we are just waiting for implementation.”
According to Yadudu, FAAN has in principle the understanding of the ministry and the minister while anticipating more documents to arrive from the government.
“It is only when the documents come that you can start processing the next stage of the business. We are rest assured now that in principle, we have all agreed and understood,” he said.
He said in the last two years of being the MD, some of his primary targets included the Airfield Lighting on Runway 18Left and the Taxiway Bravo.
According to him, the Taxiway Bravo is now 95 per cent completed.