Airport closure: FG completes Kaduna-Abuja Expressway repairs

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Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday inaugurated the rehabilitated Kaduna-Abuja dual carriageway and announced its readiness for use during the six-week period that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, would be closed.

The minister had explained that the planned closure of the NAIA on March 8, 2017 for repair works on the runway, and redirection of all flights to the Kaduna International Airport for a period of six weeks informed the emergency repair work on the road to address its failed sections, potholes and multiple cracks.

Fashola, in a statement from his ministry, said the 50-day rehabilitation handled by Messer’s CGC Nigeria Limited at a cost of N1bn, was meant to avoid a scenario where the failed portions and potholes would create black spots that might result in avoidable accidents, kidnapping, robbery, elongated travel time and high vehicle operating costs.

The statement added that the minister, who was represented by the Director, Federal Highways, Construction and Rehabilitation, Mr. Yemi Oguntominiyi, was satisfied with the job done by the contractor.

He said good roads would guarantee safety, comfort and reduce commuters travel time, as well as ensure the timely delivery of goods and services.

Fashola also said he was optimistic that the aviation sector would equally deliver the repair work on the runway of the NAIA within the stipulated time.

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