Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika is in the news again and has rehashed his intention to demolish Dominion Hangar and Evergreen Apple Nigeria hangar in a couple of weeks to expand the new terminal’s apron saying that nothing can stop the development.
This is coming barely two weeks after his Stakeholders Forum where he reiterated plans to tear down the regional headquarters of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigeria Airspace Management Agency ( NAMA) and Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA) to make way for an Aerotropolis which according to unions was never planned for Lagos Airport.
The Minister who was in Lagos on Saturday to commission new fire fighting vehicles used the opportunity to talk about his action, slamming critics who are asking what the end game is to all the demolitions and planned demolitions. READ ALSO: Unions prepare for defiance against Minister’s planned demolition of regional headquarters
He said since the terminal in Lagos has been open to use, it has barely struck near its full capacity stressing the need for the demolition of the two facilities.
He said,”We are not operating Lagos airport at full capacity. We have some obstructions that will be removed within the next one or two weeks to expand the Apron so that Lagos will have full use 100%.
“Those two hangars I talked about , Dominion and Evergreen will have to go and give. Way for our airport to be more efficient. It is a $300million investment over there and they cant sit there in public interest. We have to shift them, i don’t know them, of course i know Demuren of course, my leader but i dont know the other guy, it has to go. You cant deny Lagos abf thr country in general from using the airports.
” We are going to demolish Dominion Hangar and Evergreen Apple Nigeria hangars to make way for the new Apron and that would be in a few weeks. Demolition of Dominion and Evergreen Apple is a must.
When asked to clarify further the buildings he has earmarked to demolish apart from Dominion and EAN, he refused further comments on the matter.
Recall that Sirika in March 2022 demolished the ober N5bn regional headquarters of the Accident Investigation Bureau now National Safety Investigation Bureau ( NSIB) over same terminal expansion of which nothing visible wiek has started with mechanic workshops and food vendors springing out from there.