The Minister of State, Aviation, Senator
Hadi Sirika yesterday said he will resign, if the
Abuja Airport runway repair is not completed in
six weeks.

He also debunked reports that there would be
another 18 week-extension of the repair works.
This came as Julius Berger Plc, the contractor
handling the project, yesterday said it had
completed 40 percent of the job, as the
rehabilitation is to be completed on April 19,
having been closed February 8.

Sirika, who made the vow at Aviation Round Table
forum yesterday in Lagos, said he staked his
name and put his career on line when he told the
President, National Assembly and Nigerians that
the repair work would be completed in six weeks.
He said he was monitoring the pace of work at
the runway, adding that the contractors were
keeping to the schedule of .

Sirika, who noted that the quality of work done so
far was commendable, said: “I am very
comfortable that we will be able to meet the
targeted six weeks.
Senator Hadi Sirika, Minister of state,
Aviation
‘’We have a guarantee that it will be done. I will
resign if the closure of the runway goes beyond
six weeks. My reputation is at stake.”
Sirika, who was accompanied to the forum by the
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, said a lot of studies and consultation
were done before Kaduna was chosen as
alternate Airport to Abuja.

On the timing of the repair work, the Aviation
Minister said the federal government gave the go
ahead for immediate commencement of the repair
works in March, after extensive consultation with
Nigeria Meteorological Agency, NiMET, who
availed the government of their rain prediction
and assured that there would be cessation of rain
during the period the repair works would last.
In his remarks, the Minister of Information and
Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, said: “ Since the
closure, we have met with Transport and Aviation
correspondents in Abuja and have jointly
undertaken a tour that took us by train from Abuja
to Kaduna, visited and witnessed operations at
Kaduna Airport and then returned to Abuja by
road.”

Meanwhile, the contractor handling the project,
Julius Berger Plc, said yesterday it had
completed 40 percent of the job, and promised
not to exceed the April 19 completion deadline.


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