Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika has said that the relocation of operations of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport to Kaduna would cost over N1.1 billion.
Sirika while briefing the senate on the logistics implication of the relocation said the ministry had taken into account relevant agencies that would be deployed to facilitate the relocation.
Recall last week, the Senate could not reach a conclusion with the ministry as issues such as the cost of the relocation could not be answered.
However, while briefing the lawmakers on Tuesday, Sirika said the relocation will gulp N1.134 billion.
Of the amount, the Nigerian Railway Corporation is to gulp N100.33 million; Federal Road Safety Commission N237.25 million while the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) will take up N325 million.
A total of N358,517,700 was allocated to the Nigerian Police Force and N29 million Nigeria Immigration Service. The ministry is also going to hire the buses of the Federal Ministry of Transportation for N84 million.
The Abuja Airport is expected to be closed for six weeks from March 8.
However, many of the senators who spoke still expressed displeasure over the closure of the airport stressing that the situation could be avoided.
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