Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah on Thursday said that the Federal
Government has approved the sum of N106 billion for the construction of
11 new international airport terminal buildings in Nigeria. Mrs
Oduah, who disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja, said that the
amount was approved at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on
said the new international terminal projects were different from the
on-going remodelling and reconstruction of 11 airports in the country. The
Minister said the 11 new projects would include five international
terminals for commercial flights and six for perishable cargoes. She
said that the FEC had given approval for the award of contracts for the
“immediate take off of construction work on the five terminals for
“They are Lagos, Kano, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Enugu. Continue reading
Oduah said that the projects were part of the government’s plans to
achieve its transformation agenda in the aviation sector.
second phase in our implementation strategy of the Road Map which falls
under the medium term programme of action is the construction of five
new international terminals in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano and
yesterday (Wednesday), we achieved a significant milestone in this
regard when Mr President and the FEC graciously granted approval for the
award of contract for the immediate take-off of construction work on
us as a ministry and government, we consider this development a huge
opportunity to put to practical effect, the present administration’s
Transformation Agenda,” Mr Oduah said.
minister said that the first phase of the remodelling and construction
of 11 airports would be completed in the next 90 days, while the
contract for the second phase of another 11 airports would take two
years before completion.
said the projects were to be executed with a concessionary loan from
China Nexim Bank in 22 years with 5 years moratorium at an interest rate
of 2 per cent adding that mobilisation to site by the contractors was
expected to commence in the next 90 days.
this means is that before the end of the lifespan of this
administration, we would have been able to bequeath to Nigerians the
airports of their dreams.
dream is to also strive to transform Nigeria’s aviation sector into a
major contributor to the nation’s GDP and the airports are pivotal to
the actualisation of this dream.
award of contracts for the construction of the new international
airport terminals will, therefore, be a significant first step in this
direction,” she said.
airports are currently undergoing reconstruction nationwide. These
airport include: Murtala Muhammed International Airport and the General
Aviation Terminal (GAT), Lagos; the Nnamdi Azikiwe International
Airport, Abuja; Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa; the Akanu
Ibiam International Airport, Enugu and the Malam Aminu Kano
International Airport, Kano.
are Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar, Yakubu Gowon Airport,
Jos; the airports in Yola, Kaduna and Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri.
Minister reacted to the recent lifting of the suspension imposed on
Dana airline over the 3 June 2012 air crash which killed over 153 people
Oduah said the federal government lifted the suspension of the airline
following the report of a technical audit of the operator which did not
indict the company.
she expressed pain over the unfortunate incident, the Minister said the
government was not under any pressure to restore the airline’s
operating licence as she assured Nigerians and the travelling public
that safety remains a major priority of the federal government.