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Why MKO Abiola airport’ll be among the best in Nigeria - Consultant Engineer



The Consultant Engineer to State ‎Government on the MKO Abiola International Airport, Ido-Osun in Osun State, Engineer Wemimo Adebajo, has said that the airport on completion will rank among the best with longest runways in Nigeria, reports ITRealms.

Adebajo, during an inspection tour of facilities at the airport with journalists noted the present site of the MKO Abiola International Airport was the first place where aviation activities took place in the whole of West Africa.

Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy to the Government of Osun, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, quoted the consultant, as saying that the percentage of work done at the airport noted that government, having spent N2.7 billion out of the revised total cost of N11billion for the project, work could be said to have reached 25 percent.

He also said that the West African Frontier Force was lifted from the Ido-Osun aerodrome, the present site of the MKO international Airport project during the world war II, hence the conscious effort by the state to make it the best in Nigeria if not in Africa.

The tour of the facilities, he said, became important to afford journalists adequate information about the magnitude of the work done in order to situate the criticisms of the opposition in their proper context. 

The runway of the airport, he said, is waiting to be laid with 500 mm asphalt is 3.5 kilometre in length, 12.3 metres excavation and re-filling with laterite. He added that both sides of the runway are equipped ab initio with water pipes which will be the first of its kind in Nigeria.

Adebajo explained that with such a feature, the airport will have been equipped with facilities that will make emergency fire-fighting readily available near the runway in case of any emergency landing or fire outbreaks.

Pointing out that though the runway has not been completed, but in case of an emergency, the runway at its present state could be used by any pilot to land an aircraft at the MKO International Airport.

"Still more to be done, I believe the airport is good for the state. The main delay right now is a question of funding and the state is seeking ways on how to make it available. We are approaching the Federal government for 50 percent of cost of building the airport which is Federal Government policy, right now. What the contractor is doing is site maintenance so as to ensure that when work resumes there won't be any case of deterioration of the huge work that had already been done here," Mr. Adebajo said.

Nenye Dom/GEE+ITRealms DSA 

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