#Buhari Commissions Lagos Airport Terminal Building • Directs Sirika to Fast-Track Concession of Four Major Airports in Nigeria

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President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed the Minister of aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, to fast-track the planned concession of the four major airports across the country immediately according to Headlinenews.news reports.

The President also ordered the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning to urgently source funds for immediate construction of the second runway at the Abuja airport.

According to Buhari, the concessioning of the four terminals at Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt would propel the development of the new terminals and create more jobs for qualified Nigerians.

President Buhari said this at the commissioning of the much talked about New Terminal building of the Murtala Muhammed International airport monitored by Headlinenews.news.

The contract for the terminal building was initiated during the tenure of Stella Oduah with the involvement of the Chinese government which faced some challenges which is yet to be made public.

The Terminal building has the capacity to process 14 million passengers per annum, 66 nos of check-in counters, 5Nos of baggage collection carousels, 16Nos of Immigration Desks at Arrival, 28 Nos at Desks at Departure, 8Nos of security Screening Points and 6Nos of passenger boarding bridges with remote boarding and arrival.

Referring to the ongoing chaos created in the sector by the lack of Jet-A fuel leading to undue flight delays and/or cancellations, the Hon. Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika appealed to the President to direct NNPC to import Jet-A fuel in good quantities and devise means to sustain supply as well as directing CBN to allocate Forex for the major marketers to sustain supply.

Speaking at the commissioning, the Minister referred to a recent Aviation sector study for Nigeria by International Air Transportation Association (IATA) in June 2020, showcasing the significant contribution of air transportation to the National economy, through providing 241,000 jobs (direct and indirect) and a contribution of $ 1.7 billion to the National economy.

“More so, the overall goal is to grow the aviation sector’s contribution from the current 0.6 per cent to 5 per cent ( approximately $ 14.166 billion ). In the same vein, IATA projects the Air transport market in Nigeria is forecast under the “current trends ” scenario to grow by 174 per cent in the next 20 years. This would result in an additional 9.4 billion passenger journeys by 2037. If met, this increased demand would support approximately US $ 4.7 billion of GDP and almost 555,700 jobs.”

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