In its efforts to make Nigeria, the hub on the continent and ease movement across the country, the federal government has assured on the completion and delivery of the five international airports’ terminals currently being remodeled across the country.
Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano and Enugu are being remodeled concurrently to meet international standards at a total cost of $500 million or N100 billion.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Hajia Binta Bello, said that finance was not an impediment to the delivery of all the projects that are simultaneously going on in the five major states.
The remodeling was conceived by the former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, at the cost of $500 million, including a counterpart funding of $100 million (N20billion) from government on Built, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.
However, the permanent secretary admitted that the envisaged delay at the 22 domestic airports regarding infrastructure upgrade was due to financial constraints.
According to her, agencies under the ministry had been mandated to assert their regulatory functions to inspire public confidence and stimulate growth in the sector.
Bello expressed confidence that the committee on national carrier will come out with solutions for the establishment of a national flag carrier that Nigerians will be proud of.
She stated that the establishment of a national was not only justified by economic considerations, but also national interest, national pride and job creation potentials for the country.