NIGERIA’S Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday has approved N2, 272, 838, 724.84 billion (N2.3b) for the extension of the runway at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said: “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 re-scoped to reconstruct and rehabilitate the taxiway bravo. The sum involved is N2, 272, 838, 724.84 and it has completion of twelve months.”
The minister said the extension and rehabilitation of the runway was essential for the city of Lagos to improve safety of the airport.
“This central taxiway bravo is very critical to the operations of Lagos; it improves the efficiency and safety of that particular airport. It has been abandoned for the last 16 years or thereabout and in our own efforts to ensure that all projects are completed for the benefit of the country,