The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, on Saturday, said the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, is 90 per cent completed and ready to reopen for business with strict compliance to COVID-19 protocols.

The airport was closed weeks ago to undergo some repairs while the lockdown was in effect.

The minister stated this while on dry test run from Lagos to Abuja with Journalists covering the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19 in order for them to witness preparation for the reopening of the aviation sector.

Security operatives were seen at the screening point where passengers were screened at the departure lounge, the same at the departure lounge.

Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, the General Manager, Corporate Communications, FAAN, confirmed the development in a statement in Lagos on Saturday.

“Also available to witness the exercise were Minister Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora; Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba as well as the National Coordinator, Presidential Task Force, Dr Aliyu Sanni.

“Others are the Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Musa Nuhu; the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu; and the Chairman, Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, amongst several other stakeholders,” she added in the statement.


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