Buhari orders funding of projects at Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt and Enugu int’l airports

Posted by News Express | 6 August 2015 | 4,207 times

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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja directed that counterpart funding for the upgrading of the international airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt and Enugu, should be captured in the 2016 budget.

He gave the directive while speaking with Ministry of Aviation chiefs who were in the Aso Presidential Villa to brief him.

Leader of the delegation, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Binta Bello, had told the President that the five new International Airport Terminal Buildings were designed to meet the best international standards.

The five international terminals, she said, could cater for 62 million passengers annually when completed in the first quarter of 2016, with Lagos moving from 7 million passengers’ capacity to 25 million, Abuja moving from 5 million to 16 million, while Kano, Port Harcourt and Enugu, will have the capacity for 7 million passengers each.

Buhari at the occasion expressed concern over the enormous debt profile of Nigeria’s aviation sector, saying that his administration will act quickly to redress the situation.

He said: “I am concerned about the enormous debt profile in the aviation sector. The Federal Government has to do something quickly because safety, security and international respectability are involved here.

“Our airports are the windows through which people see our country. Anybody coming into the country will likely come through the airports.

“If we cannot secure and maintain our infrastructure, it will reflect very badly on us,” President Buhari said after receiving a briefing from his guests.

The President directed the ministry to speed up all processes and projects relating to the safety and security of the country’s air transport system.

•Photo shows President Buhari welcoming Aviation Ministry chiefs . . . yesterday at the Aso Presidential Villa, Abuja.


Source: News Express

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