FG will complete remodelling of airports – Minister

Ortom told newsmen after inspecting the ongoing Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, that the airports under the programme were Abuja, Port Harcourt, Lagos and Kano

The Supervising Minister of Aviation, Dr. Samuel Ortom, on Monday assured Nigerians of the completion of all projects initiated in the remodelling programme of the four international airports.
Ortom told newsmen after inspecting the ongoing Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, that the airports under the programme were Abuja, Port Harcourt, Lagos and Kano.
He said that the ministry would do everything possible to ensure that the three phases of the remodelling projects were completed.
The supervising minister said that the remodelling of airports were in three phases across the country.
Ortom said: “We are committed to ensuring that we complete all projects that are initiated by the aviation master plan.
“No going back on it.
“We are working hard.
“We are going to improve on our Internally Generated Revenue to ensure we complete these projects.
“We are not distracted at all by people who are out to blackmail us.
“They think that we are distracted.
“We are not.
“We are committed in ensuring that we deliver on the transformation programme of Mr. President.”
Ortom said that the time line for the completion of the ongoing project at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja was two years.
According to him, the remodelling started in March 1, adding that due to progress of work and commitment, “it’s like they will deliver before that two years”.
Ortom said that funding of the project of Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano and Lagos international airports was guaranteed because of the Chinese loan.
He said: “We are executing these projects through the $500 million Chinese loan that was approved by the Federal Government.
“So it will be completed at the recorded time because there is no challenge for that funding.
“The other projects too, which are ongoing, we are going to complete them.”
Ortom said that the project at the Abuja airport had provided 600 jobs for Nigerians, which reduced unemployment rate.
He said that by the time the projects were completed, they would add value to the aviation industry.

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