The aviation sector is set to create more jobs as Nigeria government plans to open up its airports to private investment.

Hadi Sirika who is the minister of state for aviation told reporters yesterday that all government airports will have to be given to business men who have the capacity to make them international standard.

Sirika was speaking ahead of the closure of Abuja international airports for after years of neglect.

"All government-owned airports will be offered to investors who have the wherewithal, the know-how, the technology, the capacity, the ability, the finance to put up huge fantastic edifices as airports with everything including hotels, just the way you see them abroad," Sirika said.

Sirika did not specify when the government airports would be opened to investment, or provide any other details.

Abuja's airport is set to close for six weeks for repairs on the runway, after it had become so damaged that international carriers were pulling their services or warning they may soon have to.

Two days before the repairs begin, workers were still needing to fit electrics, seating and toilets to a new terminal at Kaduna, which will handle the capital's air traffic but lacks capacity