The proposed renovation of the runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja could cost up to N5.8b, according to Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika.
Mr. Sirika disclosed this while addressing senators at plenary on Thursday.
He explained, however, that the pricy repair job is necessary, as the runway is over 30 years old and has yet to undergo any repairs.
The airport will shut down for six weeks in March as it gets repaired, but the repairs will take up to six months to complete.
“The runway is in a dilapidated situation and poses a security and safety threat to Nigerians,” Mr. Sirika said. “We will complete the maintenance work in six weeks, we will work day and night.”
The minister said that while the airport is closed for renovations, travelers can use the Kaduna airport as an alternative.