Lagos Airport gets N2.2bn for Runway extension

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika

By Harry Awurumibe, Editor Abuja Bureau 
The ever-busy Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos will soon get a facelift as the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of N2.2 billion for the extension of its  runway.
This piece of information was revealed by Nigeria’s Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at Council Chambers, Abuja. 
Sirika said the approval will serve as a revised estimated total cost for the project.
“Today in Council, Aviation presented a memo for a revised estimated total cost for the extension and asphalt overlay of the Murtala Muhammed airport runway, which was rescaled to reconstruct and rehabilitate the taxiway bravo. The sum involved is N2, 272, 838, 724.84 and it has completion of twelve months,” the Aviation Minister told Journalists.
He said the extension and rehabilitation of the runway was essential for the city of Lagos, as it will improve the 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, its future and its fortune.
” In the wisdom of the Council chaired by the President, we approved that project and God willing that project will be delivered by this time next year,” he stated.

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