Nigeria Seeks Fresh Bids for Abuja Runway Project

19 July 2010 (Last Updated July 19th, 2010 18:30)

The Nigerian Government will request fresh bids for the second runway project at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, after cancelling a previously awarded contract, according to Bloomberg. Aviation Minister Fidelia Njeze said fresh bids for the construction of a 4.6km runway

The Nigerian Government will request fresh bids for the second runway project at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, after cancelling a previously awarded contract, according to Bloomberg.

Aviation Minister Fidelia Njeze said fresh bids for the construction of a 4.6km runway will be advertised next week.

The original contract, valued at NGN64bn ($425m) and awarded to Julius Berger Nigeria in 2009, was terminated by the government.

Nigerian lawmakers labelled the earlier contract amount as "exorbitant" citing that a full airport including a 3.8km runway and terminal building was built in Ethiopia at a cost of $130m.