Abuja airport

By Victor Ernest with agency report

Julius Berger Plc. has commenced the rehabilitation work on the closed Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

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According to the NAN correspondent who visited the airport on Thursday,  the airport runway was cleared of unwanted equipment and aircrafts while Julius Berger vehicles were seen moving construction equipment to the site.

Julius Berger’s contract

Hajara Musa, the Manager, International Terminal, told NAN that the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has handed over the airport runway rehabilitation to Julius Berger Plc.

Musa disclosed that the company had already done the marking to clearly indicate the runway had been closed to landing.

On the movement of passengers to Kaduna, Musa said that the management was alive to its responsibility by putting measures in place to achieve the desired result.

She said that FAAN had been able to identify some of its shortcomings and had started working to improve on them.

”No matter the plan that is being put in place you have to practicalise before you know its shortcomings and we are just starting and gradually there will be more improvement,” she said.

Free bus for passengers

According to her, more than 10 buses have been conveyed to Kaduna to facilitate movement of passengers back to ”Abuja if they so wish.”

In the same light, Ladi Salami, the Manager, General Aviation Terminal (GAT) and Protocol Lounge, said that all chartered flight passengers would also enjoy the free bus ride to Kaduna.

Salami said that there was a synergy between the GAT, the domestic and international terminals on the arrangement for the transportation of passengers to Kaduna airport.

She said that the GAT was purely for chartered flights which had an average of 50 to 60 flights per day.

According to her, all the airlines operating chartered flight here have equally moved to Kaduna and that is why the apron is empty now.

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed announced the official closure of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Tuesday.

The airport , the airport would be shut down for six weeks to give room for the repairs of the Abuja terminal; that’s from March 8 to April 9, 2017.