In a statement on Wednesday signed by his Special Adviser, Mr Segun Adeyemi, Lai said that the delivery of the project even before the scheduled date showed government’s ability to live up to its promise and rise up to any occasion, irrespective of how daunting the challenge may be.
He described as remarkable, the ability of the government to complete the reconstruction of the runway within the stipulated time, despite doomsday predictions.
“The clock-work precision with which everything concerning the closure of the airport and the temporary relocation to the Kaduna Airport was handled is the clearest indication yet that Nigeria can tackle any challenge,” he said.
Lai mentioned that the feat by the present government to realise that what could not be done in the over 30 years the runway was left to deteriorate was achieved in just six weeks, even under an economic recession.
He also recalled that the Port Harcourt International Airport was closed for almost two years by the Jonathan administration.
Mohammed thanked Nigerians for enduring the inconveniences that came with the relocation of Abuja flights to Kaduna.
He also thanked the Ethiopian Airlines that operated its scheduled Abuja flights to Kaduna and the Julius Berger construction company that worked day and night to deliver the project ahead of schedule.