President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday in Lagos, directed the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr Zainab Ahmed, to source special funding for the second runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja according to Headlinenews.news reports.
The President’s request came at a time when the country is hard-pressed with foreign debt to the tune of N39.56tn.
Speaking at the inauguration of the new Terminal Building, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, the President also directed the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory to conclude the documentation of the approved 12,000 hectares of land to accommodate the runway and other developmental projects.
He also tasked the Minister of Aviation to fast-track the airport concession programme, boost aviation practice in the country and make the aviation industry reflect global standards.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed these in a statement he signed Tuesday, made available to Headlinenews.news, titled, ‘Aviation: President Buhari directs Finance Minister to look for special funding for Abuja airport second runway, inaugurates new terminal building at MMIA.’
Buhari noted that the completion and delivery of five brand new International airport terminals since 2015, which were at 11 per cent completion level then, aligns perfectly with the Aviation Roadmap developed in 2016 to establish critical infrastructure, including a National Carrier as well as maintenance, repairs and overhaul centre, and improved Airports Terminals through concession.
The President described the regime’s investments in inter-state rail connectivity, road networks, agriculture, power and telecommunications as unprecedented despite limited resources.
Headlinenews.news congratulates the Federal Government, Ministry of Aviation and FAAN, for the impressive achievements in the Aviation industry within a short period. The Buhari regime would be leaving a resounding legacy in this sector. It would even be better if the administration could consider pacesetting innovative projects which would definitely place Nigeria on the International level as proposed by Eden & Mcwhit Global services who have a unique pacesetting proposal which they requested to commence with a Pilot Project at MMIA at no cost to Government. It is unfortunate that the proposal is in the office in the Ministry of Aviation, gathering dust like many other proposals which would make a positive impact for the Buhari Administration. It would be advisable for the Hon Minister to direct the permanent secretary to forward those proposals immediately as they fall in line with the vision and expectations of Mr. President for the aviation industry legacy as expressed today!