FEC Okays N20.4bn for Lagos airport runway extension

FEC Okays N20.4bn for Lagos airport runway extension •FG okays July eight for resumption of home flights

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru & Dirisu Yakubu

THE Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday authorised about N20.four billion for the extension of the runway on the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, and development of roads together with value reversion on two tasks.

The extension of the runway on the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos is to gulp N2.2 billion, development of roads in Abaji Area Council that hyperlinks the FCT to Lokoja will value N6.7 billion, whereas revision of venture to assist completion of deserted tasks will value N11 billion.

Briefing journalists on the finish of the FEC assembly presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Minister of Aviation; Hadi Sirika mentioned that the approval will function a revised estimated complete value for the venture.

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According to him, “Today in Council, Aviation presented a memo for a revised estimated total cost for the extension and asphalt overlay of the Murtala Mohammed airport runway, which was rescoped to reconstruct and rehabilitate the taxiway bravo. The sum involved is N2, 272, 838, 724.84 and it has completion of twelve months.” He mentioned that the extension and rehabilitation of the runway was important for town of Lagos, as it’s going to enhance the protection of the airport.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government, yesterday, authorised resumption of home flights throughout the nation’s airports with impact from July eight after months of shutdown as a consequence of coronavirus pandemic.

Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika, who introduced this yesterday, additionally disclosed that the flights will begin with the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

In an announcement issued late final evening by James Odaudu, Director, Public Affairs, Federal Ministry of Aviation, Port Harcourt , Owerri and Maiduguri airports will reopen to flights on July 11, whereas different airports throughout the nation will be part of on July 15

“Passengers looking to travel out of the country will have to wait a bit longer as the dates for the restart of international flights into and out of the country will be announced later,” the minister mentioned.

Senator Sirika thanked stakeholders within the aviation business in addition to the Nigerian public who’ve had to deal with the adversarial results of the flight suspension for his or her perseverance and cooperation in making certain a profitable return of operations on the nation’s airports.

He suggested passengers to abide by the protection pointers and protocols put in place to make sure that the airports don’t develop into channels of an infection for the dreaded coronavirus.


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