Reps urge FG to reopen Abuja airport as scheduled

Abuja airport

Chairman House Committee on Aviation, Onyejeocha Nkeiruka, on Wednesday implored the Ministry of Aviation to ensure that the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, was reopened within the stipulated six weeks.

Nkeiruka made the call while speaking to newsmen in Abuja during the committee’s oversight visit to the Abuja and Kaduna airports.

She said that the committee was concerned about the safety of the passengers going to Kaduna that was why the committee members went on an oversight visit to Kaduna.

“The primary purpose of going to Kaduna airport is to assess the safety concerns of Nigerians.

“The Instrument Landing System and of course everything concerning safety in the Kaduna airport are working perfectly.

“The terminal building is very small, so there is no way that terminal can serve the comfort of the large number of passengers.

“This is because the number of people going into Kaduna now is very huge compared to what the terminal is meant for.

“When the committee members visited Abuja airport we insisted that the Abuja airport should be reopened on April 18.

“We were told that the level of completion was 40 per cent in three weeks and we have three weeks to go,” she said.

According to her, how are we sure that the contractor will be able to complete the job in the next three weeks.

“We are imploring the contractor to ensure that the Abuja runway is completed within the stipulated time,” she said.

The Abuja airport was closed on March 8 for six weeks to undergo repairs.

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