• July 28, 2021

#Aviation: FG To Construct New Airports In Ekiti, Benue, Others

(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The number of airports in the country will soon increase by 10, according to the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, who said this on Tuesday while appearing before the Senate Committee on Aviation to defend his ministry’s 2021 budget proposals.

According to Sirika, the Federal Government would build new airports in Anambra, Benue, Ekiti, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, and Gombe states, adding that the Kebbi, Osubi, and Dutse airports had been taken over by the Federal Government for redevelopment, and that the Gombe State Government had also written the federal authorities, asking it to take over the Gombe Airport.

He justified the need to site another airport in Lokoja, Kogi State as an alternate to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, due to its strategic location and cosmopolitan nature, adding that the national carrier, Air Nigeria, which was part of Nigeria’s aviation road-map, would be delivered before 2023.

POTENTIAL IMPACT: The aviation sector is said to be the second fastest growing sector of the Nigerian economy, thus, the construction of more airports in the country will, no doubt, produce positive multiplier economic effects as its GDP contributions to the national purse will increase exponentially, more jobs will be created, critical infrastructure will be developed and the service industry will grow, alongside other long-term benefits for the country.

Agenda Watchdog

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