The Nigerian Ministry of Aviation has announced that the new terminal building for the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos and the Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano will be ready before the end of the year.
The Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika stated this while defending the ministry’s 2020 budget before the House of Representatives committee on Aviation.
Senator Sirika said he will be relocating his office to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu temporary to directly supervise the rehabilitation of the airport which is expected to be completed before the end of April 2020.
He said with the approval of N10 billion for the Enugu Airport, the contractors are expected to mobilize to site as soon as possible, adding that the President has already directed all agencies associated with the smooth work on the airport to work together to ensure it was delivered on time.
“The rehabilitation work on the Enugu airport will be done in such a way that the airport will be the best in the country. All houses located close to the airport may have to give way for increased safety.
The Enugu State Governor has given us assurance that he will swing into action to ensure that conducive atmosphere is provided for the rehabilitation of the airport,” the Minister disclosed.
Speaking on the hygiene in the nation’s airports, the Minister explained that out of the 22 Federal Airports in the country, 21 of them were clean and hygienic, adding that “the only place of concern was the Lagos international airport.
When the Lagos airport was established, it was built to accommodate 200,000 passengers per annum and today, the airport accommodate a traffic of about 8 million annually.
The large volume of traffic makes it impossible for the airport to be clean, but efforts were being made to complete the new terminal building in Lagos to ease the traffic on the old building.”