By Lawrence Audu
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has declared the Makurdi Military Airfield open to civil flight operations, after the successful completion of repair work on the runway and ancillary facilities.
The declaration is contained in a release by NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, on Friday in Abuja.
The Air Officer Commanding, Tactical Air Command, Makurdi AVM Oladayo Amao who took the Air Chief on an inspection tour of the completed works said the scope of the rehabilitation work covered refreshing of the sealant for the concrete slab joints on the runway.
“Taxiways and Apron as well as the resurfacing of cracked portions of the manoeuvring area, re-marking of the Runway and erosion control, among others, were done.”
After the inspection, Abubakar commended the AOC TAC for effective supervision of the project and also congratulated the NAF Works Centre Abuja, which had executed the project through direct labour, for doing a good job.
He said the repairs, which had necessitated the closure of the Airfield to civil flight operations, as published in relevant Notices to Airmen, were aimed at improving flight safety in accordance with global best practices.
“As well as in line with International Civil Aviation Organisation regulations,” he said.
Makurdi Airport is a military grade airport with a runway of an additional 266 metres paved overrun on each end. The Makurdi non-directional beacon is 1.2 nautical miles northwest of the runway.