Closure of Abuja airport: Minna airport best alternative – Niger govt

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja
Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja

Niger Government has advised the Federal Government to make Minna International Airport an alternative airport for travellers, as it plans to close Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja for rehabilitation in February.

A statement by Jonathan Vatsa, the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism on Monday in Minna, said Minna airport was the closest to Abuja.

Mr. Vatsa appealed to the Federal Government to hasten work on the dualisation of Suleja–Minna road to serve as gateway to the Minna airport to be used as alternative.

According to the Commissioner, Niger Government is ready to assist Federal Government to make Minna airport as an alternative for the period Abuja airport will be closed.

He said that Minna airport had the requisite facilities and manpower to serve as trusted alternative to the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport, Abuja, adding that the state was also known as one of most peaceful in the country.

He added that conversion of Minna airport for the purpose would also reduce the suffering of travelers.

“In time like this, Minna airport should be used and in the most economic way, it should also be used as a cargo airport.

“Therefore, with the planned closure of Abuja airport for rehabilitation, it is wise economically to use Minna to serve Abuja.’’

“The proximity of Minna to Abuja is one hour plus if the dualisation work on Minna-Suleja road is fast tracked and completed as planned by the Federal Government.

“As government, we, therefore, call on the authorities to look into this viable alternative,” he said.

The federal government has announced that it would use the Kaduna airport as an alternative for the six-week closure.

(NAN)

 


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  • Mamman Bako

    The road to Minna is a death trap! It is a choice for a lesser evil. However, in all, the FG has planned what will remain historical, a very poor strategy. The runway did not go bad yesterday, what could have hindered the construction of a second runway in the first place?!

    • TRUSTIN BRIGHT

      Nigerian lawmakers! Not this present National Assembly though..

  • Okokondem

    Some people may take issues with comparing this scenario to how it would be handled in a developed society for obvious reasons, such as the ability and the foresight to plan ahead. But planning ahead is not something reserved for developed countries or societies, especially when the stakes are high. And I am sure the stake is high when you contemplate closing down completely, for weeks, a single airport serving the capital of a country of 170 million population.

    Improvements are routinely made to airports around the world but rarely do those airports get shut down completely as a result. Despite Nigerian ‘leaders’ traveling around the world they have always failed to emulate or embrace basic best practices.

  • Muhammad

    To encourage the federal government , given the time constraint for recovering Minna – Suleja road , what will the state do ?