FEDERAL Government through the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika says it will double the number of airports in the country before the end of 2023 to enhance air connectivity and boost the nation’s economy.
Sirika made this known while responding to questions during the Public Presentation of the 2021 Budget Proposal organised by the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning on Tuesday in Abuja.Read also: Unions allege Chinese debt on airport terminals grown to US$1billion
“We understood the principles and the importance of air connectivity and it is a very important sector. It boosts our economy and we believe investment in this sector will do well for our economy.
“Before the end of 2023, we would have doubled the number of airports in Nigeria. We understand the importance of aviation infrastructure as a critical component for the working of our economy and our national security assets.”
Capital Expenditure for the Ministry of Aviation is put at N89.97 billion in the 2021 budget proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari to a joint session of the National Assembly on October 8, 2020
Meanwhile, the ministry proposes to spend N5 billion for safety and security critical projects and airport certification nationwide and N14 billion for construction of second runway at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Also, the ministry proposed N1.6 billion extension and asphalt overlay of Murtala Muhammed International Airport runway, Lagos; N1 billion construction of new terminal building in Enugu; and N1 billion construction of Abeokuta airstrip.