The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN and Julius Berger, the contractor handling the repair of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja runway, have said that the work is 40% complete.

The duo made this known in Abuja on Monday when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation led by its Chairman, Mrs Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, inspected the project.

Mr Yemi Ayelesan, Resident Engineer, FAAN, told the committee that the hardest part of the work had been completed.

He explained that the laying of "fibre glide rubber" which prevents water from going deep underground and also prevent runway from cracking has also been completed.

He told the committee that the contractors are working to specifications and would deliver on schedule, expressing confidence that the six-week period for reopening of the airport is feasible.

According to him, the contractors are working round the clock to ensure they meet the deadline.

Ayelesan said the repair work was a total reconstruction and not partial rehabilitation, explaining that the entire runway has been excavated for laying of asphalt.