Read Why FG Is Closing Activities At Abuja Airport For 6 Weeks 

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, will be closed for six weeks from February to enable a complete reconstruction of its runway, the Nigerian government has announced.

According to the government, parts of the runway are badly damaged and would be fixed by Julius Berger over the period.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, told journalists on Monday, December 19, that the total time for the airport re-haul is six months, but the airport would only be shut for six weeks. The President is said to have approved the commencement of work on the facility due to its economic and administrative significance to Nigeria.

He also said that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstruction through the emergency procurement procedure, the Punch reports

Sirika said, “From start to finish of the runway, it will take six months. However, we will be using the runway almost throughout the period except for about six weeks when the runway will be closed. That is when we are going to do the mid-section of the runway.”

During the six-week period in which the airport will be shut, all air traffic to the airport will be diverted to the Kaduna airport.

He said plans have been made to convey passengers from Kaduna to the Federal Capital Territory.

Sirika added, “It will cost the government a substantial amount of money but we thought in our wisdom that palliative approach is wrong because three years down, we will come back to do the same repairs. Therefore, we decided to go for the bigger option, which is to do structural repairs of the runway, which will take about six months to complete.”

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