Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has refuted reports that the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, has been extended from six to 18 weeks.
The Minister said at a session with the Aviation Round Table (ART) in Lagos on Monday that the six-week timeline for the reopening of the airport would be adhered to.
“Let me use this opportunity to debunk the erroneous report making the rounds that the closure of the Abuja airport has been extended to 18 weeks. This is not true. The six-week timeline for the closure remains.
“After six weeks, the Abuja airport will be reopened. The remaining work on the runway will not necessitate the closure of the airport,” he said.
“We are on course to re-open the Abuja airport for flight operations on schedule.”
He reiterated his earlier statement that the Federal Government has done everything possible to ensure the comfort, safety and security of the travelling public during the six-week closure of the Abuja airport.
Mohammed added that transportation from Abuja to Kaduna and vice versa is free for air passengers, and that security along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway is such that there is a presence of security agents at short intervals, while the expressway itself has been rehabilitated to ensure a smooth ride.
“I can tell you, having travelled on that road at least thrice since the relocation, that the ride is smooth, plus the safety and security of passengers at the Kaduna airport are paramount and guaranteed, as have been attested to by many,” he said.