Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday expressed confidence that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja will be reopened as scheduled on April 19.
He stated this while reacting to questions from newsmen during an inspection tour of the airport on Friday.
Details of the interaction were made available in a release by Laolu Akande, senior special assistant on media and publicity to the President, Office of the Vice President.
He said, “I have looked round and I think that what I’ve seen and also from the information from the contractors, from the consultants, things are going very well. We have assurances from the consultants that we are clearly on schedule, so by the 19th of this month, a new runway should be settled.
He further said he had no reservations that the work will be completed as promise, adding “I think that by just looking at all of this myself, inspecting it and listening to the consultants, listening to the contractors, listening to the personnel from Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria “FAAN” and the Ministry of Transport, I think that a lot of work has gone in here.
“The contractors are doing 24 hour shifts, working round the clock. I think they have taken the job very seriously and we expect to see that this will be done and completed by the 19th as they have promised.”
Responding on whether there will be renovation work at the terminal building as promised, Osinbajo revealed that FAAN has already started something.
“They (FAAN) say they have started to do some work,” he said and then went to the terminal side to inspect a new lift being constructed at the domestic wing of the airport.
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