Following the closure of the Abuja airport from Saturday night to Sunday morning to allow for repairs on the only runway, President Goodluck Jonathan has directed the commencement of the second runway project for the Abuja airport next year.
President Jonathan gave this directive while speaking at the World Pension Summit, Africa Special, at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.
President Goodluck apologised to guests who arrived on the weekend for the summit and had to land at other airports because of the temporary closure of the Abuja airport.
“Let me express our own concerns about some of you who came in to Abuja over the weekend,” the president said. “I think the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Minister of FCT and Minister of Aviation must meet and the second Abuja runway must commence next year.”
The Abuja airport was closed from Saturday night to Sunday morning to allow for repairs on the only runway.
The Nigerian aviation authority, FAAN, had explained that the closure was to allow the repair of pot holes on the runway.
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This article was first published on 8th July 2014