The Nigerian government on Monday, March 6, officially announced the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International, Abuja.
The announcement was made by the minister of information Lai Mohammed at a World Press Conference.
Mohammed while speaking said the airport which would be closed for six weeks will be officially shut from 12 am on Wednesday, March 8.
Also, the minister of transportation Rotimi Amaechi said the federal government has fulfilled its promise to make the Kaduna Airport available and ready for use as an alternative.
Amaechi also addressed the increase in the fares for the railway service from Abuja to Kaduna which went up recently from 600 to 1,050. According to him, government had to take the action to maintain the facility.
He also promised that more coaches will be imported into the country by September to address the overcrowding that is currently being experienced on the route.
See photos from the official announcement below:
Also speaking, the minister of state for aviation Hadi Sirika noted that observations made by the acting president Yemi Osinbajo during his visit to the airport last week will be taken care of.
He said a website: www.abujaairportclosure.info has also been launched by the government to ensure delivery of information to the public.
Sirika said all international airlines but one has refused to use the alternative route – Kaduna Airport – approved by the federal government.
“Immediately passengers land, they will be given a form which will have three options: I need train, I need bus and I have private arrangement,” Sirika said.
“There will be staff on ground to guide in whichever option they choose,” he said.
On his part, the inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris said every 2.5 kilometres in the Abuja-Kaduna expressway will be manned by police officers.
Idris said a specialized unit of the police; the counter terrorism department, dog sniffers and helicopter patrol will be deployed at all routes leading to the airport.
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