The Federal Executive Council has approved the sum of N1.7billion for the procurement of communication gadgets for two airports in Nigeria.
Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika disclosed this to Journalists at the end of this week’s cabinet meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
He said the equipment would be installed at the Zaria and Katsina airports.
“We presented a memorandum for the award of contract for the procurement and installation of communications equipment and absolute control contour for control towers in Zaria and Katsina. The total contract sum is N1,71460,196.10 including Value Added Tax (VAT). The completion period is for eight months.
“This is to address critical safety issues in such a way that there will be better communication and efficiency in the control towers in Zaria and Katsina and this is ongoing similar to what we have done in other airports. This is to make air transposition more efficient to make sure we save time and money,” the Minister explained.
On the dilapidated Murtala Mohammed airport, Lagos, Sirika said government is making frantic efforts to construct a new terminal in Lagos to replace the old one.
“We are not just sitting by there are many fundamental issues that are wrong with that airport as you see it. What worries you is the air-conditioning system, the toilets, tabulators and conveyor belt a s well; hats what worries the passengers.
“But we took a survey of Lagos airport and we found out that there were those cables underneath powering the airport, they were all completely dilapidated with some severed and there are daily explosions beneath the airport at the time we came. So, the emergency thing that we did was to make it safe first.”
“We did a study of the escape route; the firefighting system which was completely absent at the airport. We attended to all of these problems including the water supply system and the sewage that was blocked.
“So, what we are doing now is to accelerate the completion of the new Lagos airport terminal just like we did in Portharcourt and Abuja. So, I am putting it to you that the President has graciously approved the counterpart funding to quickly finish the new Lagos terminal and that of Kano. We will by the grace of God deliver Kano in December and we will by the grace of God deliver new Lagos before Easter together with that of Enugu,” he said.
According to him, as soon as the new terminal is completed in Lagos all the passengers would be moved there while the old terminal be redesigned and developed within the life of the current Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Sirika said government is giving such attention to the Lagos airport because of the growing population there and the nature of the area, which remains a business center of the nation.