Senate in deadlock over usage of Kaduna Airport following the Planned Six-Week Closure Of Abuja Airport

Following the planned usage of the Kaduna International Airport for flights in and out of Abuja, while the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja undergoes rehabilitation works, the federal government has awarded the contract for the emergency repairs of the Abuja-Kaduna Dual Carriageway.

The contractor for the emergency repairs of the 164 kilometer road was awarded to Messrs CGC (Nig.) Ltd. At the cost of N1, 058, 958, 958.54 (One billion, fifty-eight million, Nine hundred and fifty-eight thousand, nine hundred and fifty-eight naira, fifty-four kobo) with a completion period of fifty (50) days.

Meanwhile, the ongoing talks between the Senate and the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, over the planned closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, by the Federal Government, on Thursday, January 12, 2017 ended in a deadlock.

During the question and answer session, Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, queried Sirika on the cost of ferrying passengers from Kaduna to Abuja during the closure of Abuja Airport.

Though the Minister who appeared before the Senate gave a detailed explanation on why the airport will be closed for six weeks, both parties could not however agree on some concerns raised by lawmakers.

Sirika’s inability to provide a breakdown of the financial cost, led to the suspension of the talks between the two parties. President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki who presided, told the Minister to get the necessary documents and return next Tuesday, January 17, 2017 so as to enable both parties take a final position on the issue.

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