Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was on an inspection tour of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport earlier on Friday, where he expressed confidence that the airport would reopen as scheduled on April 19.
He fielded questions from reporters after the tour. Excerpt:
Q: What are your observations after the tour?
I have looked round and I think that what I’ve seen and also from the information from the contractors, from the consultants, things are going very very well.
We are told that we are nearing completion and we are clearly on schedule and we expect to see that this will be completed well on schedule. I don’t think we should expect any delays whatsoever.
We have assurances from the consultants that we are clearly on schedule, so by the 19th of this month, a new runway should be settled.
Q: Any reservations?
I have no reservations. I think that by just looking at all of this myself, inspecting it and listening to the consultants, listening to the contractors, listening to the personnel from FAAN and the Ministry of Transport, I think that a lot of work has gone in here.
The contractors are doing 24 hour shifts, working round the clock. I think they have taken the job very seriously and we expect to see that this will be done and completed by the 19th as they have promised.
Q: Are we expecting any work at the terminal building, because we hear also that they are going to do some work at the terminal building in respect of upgrading it to standard?
VP: FAAN has said it is already starting to do something,…they say they have started to do some work.
After the chat, Prof Osinbajo went to the terminal side to inspect a new lift being constructed at the Domestic wing, which would ensure that passengers would no longer be limited to the stairways while making their way through from check-in to boarding.