In consonance with the avowed resolve by the Aviation Ministry to give a shot in the arm to aviation infrastructure nationwide, the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Abubakar Sirika, has again waded through the eye of the needle to secure at Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting, the sum of N6,386,996,442.29K for the award of contracts to improve some of the decaying and dilapidated infrastructures at the airports.
According to the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who addressed the Press Corps on behalf of the Aviation Minister, at the Aso Villa after the FEC meeting, enunciated that the Ministry of Aviation brought a memo for the approval of the award of contracts for the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos; Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja; Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, MAKIA, Kano; and Katsina Airport in Katsina.
Mr President’s spokesperson who offered a tacit explanation said the sum of N2,817,579,271.99K, approved by FEC was for the expansion of the MMIA terminal 1, the General Aviation Terminal, GAT, in Ikeja, Lagos.
Femi Adesina said further that the second item on the approval gotten was for the expansion of the Apron in Katsina Airport and the sum of N527,353,693.12K, was approved for the contract.
Another item on the approval mentioned by Adesina was for the expansion of Cargo Apron at the MMIA in Lagos. He explained that “there was also the expansion of Lagos Cargo Apron Area awarded at N1,982,943,242.81k.
Other beneficiaries according to Adesina were the domestic wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.
The President’s Media and Publicity Adviser said the sum of N795,976,947.94K, was approved as a contract sum for the expansion of the Abuja Domestic Apron Area
He also revealed that for the expansion of MAKIA, Kano, Apron Area, the sum of N1,059,120,234.37K, was approved as the contract sum to bring it up to global standard.
SUCCINCTLY put, the following four terminals got approvals for the following projects:
** EXPANSION OF GAT BUILDING LAGOS -: N2,817,579,271.99K
** EXPANSION OF KATSINA AIRPORT APRON-: N527,353,693.12K
** EXPANSION OF MMIA CARGO APRON-: N1,982,943,242.81K
** EXPANSION OF MAKIA, KANO, APRON-: N1,059,120,234.37.s
GRAND TOTAL-: N6,386,996,442.29