The minister of state for aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika has said that the relocation of operations of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) to Kaduna would cost over N1.1 billion.
Speaking in Abuja while briefing the senate on the logistics implication of the relocation the minister said the ministry had taken into account relevant agencies that would be deployed to facilitate the relocation.
Of the amount, the Nigerian Railway Corporation is to gulp N100, 326,400, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), N237, 247,216.21 while the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) will take up N325, 000,000.
A total of N358, 517,700 billion will be allocated to the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) while the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is to take N29 million.
He also said the ministry would hire the buses of the federal ministry of transportation for N84 million, thus bringing the total figure to N1.134 billion.
The Abuja Airport is expected to be closed for six weeks from March 8.
However, many of the senators who spoke still expressed displeasure with the closure of the airport stressing that it could be done without total closure of the airport.