Second runway for Abuja

By Richard High03 February 2009

Nigeria's government has approved a second runway for Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at the cost of about NGN 8 billion (US$ 53.8 million).

Announcing the decision, Aviation Minister Babatunde Omotoba said the government has already allocated NGN 3 billion (US$ 20.2 million) to start the project. No further details were given as to where the additional finance would come from.

Construction of another runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe, said Mr Omotoba, has become "imperative" because the existing runway will be closed for maintenance in 2010.

Built in 1982, it was designed to have a working life of 20 years.

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