Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Tuesday, said that the rehabilitation work at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu will be completed before the end of April 2020.
The Minister said that he will be relocating his office to the Enugu Airport temporary to directly supervise the work.
He also announced that the new terminal building for the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos and the Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano will be ready before the end of the year.
Sirika made the disclosure while defending his ministry’s budget before the House on Aviation, saying that with the approval of N10 billion for the Enugu Airport by the President, the contractors are expected to mobilise to site as soon as possible.
He added that the President has already directed all agencies associated with the smooth work on the airport to work together to ensure it was delivered on time.
According to the Minister, the rehabilitation work on the Enugu airport will be done in such a way that the airport will be the best in the country, adding that all houses located close to the airport may have to give way for increased safety.
He said that the Enugu state governor has given assurance that he will swing into action to ensure that conducive atmosphere is provided for the rehabilitation of the airport and ask the lawmakers to always visit the airport to access progress of work.
Commenting on the performance of the 2019 budget, the Minister told the lawmakers that only N7,330,178,427.45 representing 20.8 percent of the capital allocation to the Ministry was released, adding that so far N2,627,119,597.14 has been paid out from the released 2019 Budget, while some Certificates of Completion of Projects are being processed for payment.
He solicited their support to ensure that the Aviation Sector is improved by ensuring that the airports and all the needed equipment necessary for safety and security are provided to meet the Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs) as outlined by regulatory Aviation bodies such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (lCAO), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) etc.