SAN FRANCISCO, January 23, (THEWILL) – The Federal Government has declared that it is not going back on the closure of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja for six weeks for repairs to be carried out in the airport.
This was disclosed on Monday by the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, at the 2nd Presidential Business Forum at the State House, Abuja, saying that the bad state of the airport is already affecting smooth operations.
Amaechi made the disclosure in response to the concerns of the negative impact of the closure of the airport by the President of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Frank Udenba-Jacobs, who made a presentation on behalf of the Organised Private Sector (OPS).
He stressed that the Ministers in the Buhari Administration will do the right things at the right time and will not put themselves in a position where they would be asked by Nigerians to resign over the Abuja Airport.
“We are not going back on the closure of Abuja airport. I understand that Lufthansa landed and damage their gear and have been here for three days. The runaway was built to last for 20 years but it has been in use now for 34 years,” he said.
“We cannot do it only at night. We don’t want to lose anybody.
“We are not repairing but rebuilding. If anything happens you will ask us to resign and we don’t want to resign.
“The work to be done, he said, is not repairs but complete re-building of the airport.”