The Federal Government on Monday has denied reports that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) runway repairs would last for 18 weeks contrary to the earlier announced six weeks.
Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed and the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika at a parley with the Aviation Round Table (ART) group in Lagos dismissed the claim as a misinformation.
They both reassured that the Abuja Airport will be opened on April 19 as earlier scheduled and said work was half way through.
They added that other maintenance work would continue at night.
Sirika said, “I can tell you for a fact that no committee has extended the repair time frame. Our six-week plan remains.”
“It was a tough decision to close the airport, but it was the best after all options were considered. A lot of planning, discussions and consultations were done. So, we believe that we are doing the right thing.”
Sirika also disclosed that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) would certify the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, in May and the NAIA in December.