The new Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport terminal under construction is expected to begin operations in October 2018.
The Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Saleh Dunoma, made this disclosure when President Muhammadu Buhari inspected the project.
The inspection to the airport on Thursday followed the inauguration of the Abuja Metro line by President Buhari.
He said the government and other stakeholders were necessary measures to ensure the completion of the project by August, stressing that the challenges which slowed down the completion of the project had been addressed.
According to him, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved an independent power supply for the airport.
“So all these works are coming on and by October, they will all be functional and that is when we will start using the terminal building.
“We are pressing the contractor to finish in August so that we can start operations in October and all the stakeholders are working together to ensure this.
“The relocation of control tower and fire station has nothing to do with the terminal building,” Dunoma said.
He expressed satisfaction with the quality of work done, adding that the train station would be linked to the existing terminal for seamless movement of passengers.
The FAAN boss explained that the despite the fact that Abuja and Port Harcourt airports terminal buildings are on the same level, the government’s decision to begin operations in Abuja was informed by the volume of traffic at the airport.
Also speaking, the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, said the rail would make transportation more efficient, adding that it would allow people to connect to their businesses and work places in much faster time than before.
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