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A showdown between Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, with his counterpart in the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, appears imminent, over the proposed six weeks closure for repairs of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Although, the Saraki-led Senate had on Tuesday, January 10, summoned the duo to appear before the Red Chamber, to explain why it took such position.
Sirika, who was accompanied to the Chamber by Amaechi, told the Senators that among all options available for adoption for the repairs, closure was the most viable.
Although, Federal Legislators have been very critical of the proposed closure of the airport, arguing that it would bring untold hardship to air travelers, they would however, be unable to stop the Executive from going ahead with its plan, since the decision is the prerogative of the latter.
Amaechi later stormed out of the Chamber, without making any submission or uttering a word, with Sirika, insisting that the closure would go as planned.
Sirika, who disclosed that the project would cost N5.8 billion, with the exclusion of the cost of logistics, added that, the logistics would involve the provision of buses and helicopters, to convey passengers from the Abuja Airport to Kaduna, and vice versa, at the cost of the government.
The Minister, who also disclosed that the government of former President, Goodluck Jonathan, had in 2015, approved N1.2 billion for the repair of the runway, without considering total closure, said after integrity test was carried out by this administration, the government found that the N1.2 billion earlier voted for the project by the immediate past government, would no longer be sufficient to execute it.

He also said another option available, was to use the taxi way, which he said would involve only the closure of the airport at night.
However, he said the option could not also be explored, because it is the entire runway that needs to be repaired, while the taxi way can only accommodate smaller aircraft.
He added, that if the option was adopted, the effects would be disastrous. Sirika therefore, said it was the consensus of Consultants engaged by the Ministry and other Ministry officials, that closing the airport was the best option for now.
According to him, the runway had failed beyond management, pointing out that it had initially been designed to last for 20 years, in 1982, noting that, it is only being considered for repair now, 14 years after the expiration of its lifespan.
He explained that the total closure had therefore become imminent, in view of several accidents, which had happened on the runway, some of which he said involved international airlines, such as Air France.
He also rejected the option of engaging multiple numbers of Contractors, to hasten the execution of the work and ensure faster delivery, arguing that doing so would only be more risky and cumbersome.
However, the Senators reminded the Minister of the rejection of the planned closure of the airport by the Nigeria Society of Engineers, NSE, a body of professionals and experts, whom they felt should know better.
Against this background, the Minister was asked to go back and consult members of the NSE, consider the option of constructing a second runway, come up with the cost of logistics during the repair, and return to the Senate next Tuesday, with results.

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