We Need Extra N142bn For New Terminals, FG Tells Senate.

 We Need Extra N142bn For New Terminals, FG Tells Senate.

Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who disclosed this when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Aviation for the ministry’s budget defence, explained that the amount, needed in addition to the 500 million dollars loan already gotten from China

Exim Bank for the purpose, would help tackle some challenges encountered in the process of building the terminals. The Minister also told the Senate that the National Carrier project by the Federal government was still alive, noting that deliberation on the

project would soon commence and the government would intimate Nigerians on the stage of the proposal. Sirika said: “The challenges have resulted in the need for variation and additional works to the tune of $461,795, 551.02, which has been approved by the

Federal Executive Council (FEC).” The Minister who noted that the China Exim Bank had indicated willingness to consider funding additional works, informed that the ministry had written to the Ministry of Budget and National Planning to provide 73.9 million

dollars as counterpart fund in 2019 outside the ministry’s proposed national budget, just as he said that the airports being worked upon were already wearing new looks befitting of modern airports. According to him, two of the new terminals, in Port Harcourt

and Abuja had been commissioned, while Lagos and Kano would be completed shortly, even as he said that adequate provision had been made to complete the new terminal buildings at Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu.

Ayomide Oyewole

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