19th April: Countdown clock set by FG for Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport
*Nnamdi Azikiwe airport will be ready on schedule
Nigerian Government has installed a countdown clock at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, to reassure Nigerians and the international community that the airport, will indeed, re-open for operation after six weeks closure.
The airport was closed on 8th March, 2017 to allow for rehabilitation of the 3.5 kilometre runway with a six weeks completion target.
The work being handled by construction giant, Julius Beger is however, progressing as scheduled, making the 19th April date for the re-opening of the airport feasible.
As at Tuesday night, the work has reached 75% completion with about two weeks to go.
Mr Hadi Sirika, Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation on Wednesday, said the installation of the countdown clock is aimed at reminding the contractor that the re-opening date must be met.
Announcing the installation of the clock via his twitter handle
@hadisirika, the Minister tweeted, “The countdown clock installed at the gate of Abuja airport to remind and pressure contractors to deliver in 6 weeks. Thanks for the support.
“Happy to announce we are at 75% completion of Abuja airport rehabilitation. Programme of work is running as outlined.”
On Wednesday, the clock displayed, “13 days: 13 hours: 24 minutes: 40 seconds” to the reopening of the airport.
While the rehabilitation is ongoing, Kaduna airport is being used but unfortunately, only one international airline, Ethiopian Airlines is making use of the airport.
So many users of airport had to struggle with the very small size of the Kaduna international airport. The pains of going through the train station in Idu or Kubwa and the extremely long queues in Kaduna coupled with the indiscipline of people jumping queues has forced a whole lot of Nigerians to avoid travelling in or out of Abuja during the period of the repairs.