The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, opened for flights on Tuesday six weeks after it was closed for runway repairs.
The Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, landed first on the rehabilitated runway on a Nigerian Police Force aircraft with registration number 5N- HAR, which flew in from Kaduna airport.
An excited Sirika told journalists: “April 19, 2017 was the due date to conclude and open the airport based on our programme of work.
“We were able to deliver the project earlier than anticipated so we cannot open late. There is nothing wrong in opening it a day earlier.
“Here we are, we set out to achieve a target and we achieve the target.
“We thank Allah for His benevolence. We are happy and thank Mr. President, His Excellency for his support, guidance and leadership.
“And I also want to thank my colleagues who did it all, the media and the Nigeria people for bearing with us during the time of the closure.”