7 January 2011

Nigeria: FG to Boost Power Supply at Lagos Airport

The Federal Government has completed plans to boost power supply at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and other busy airports in the country.

Power outages have at different occasions paralysed activities at the nation's busiest airport and whenever there are such outages, they endanger the security at the airport, especially in the night.

Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Fidelia Njeze, said this project is necessary because no airport in Nigeria is getting adequate power supply.

She said proper provision must be made to ensure continued power supply to the airport.

The Minister, who made these known in her ministerial briefing in Abuja, said that this had become necessary because of the poor supply of electricity at the airport.

"The Ministry of Aviation had to look critically into the area of electrical power supply to the airports in view of the fact that, all our airports are not getting reliable supply from the primary source PHCN and coupled with the fact that our stand-by capacity in all the airports had dwindled due to ageing equipment and increase demand," she said.

The Minister explained that the power outages experienced in the airports especially the one that occurred at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos is a sign of failure in the systems.

She said that the Ministry through FAAN took bold steps to address the issues by improving power supply at our airports.

There is also power improvement (two generators supplied) and replacement of all old power supply and distribution cables/accessories at MMA in the phase one.

"Phase II four generators, out of six supplied, four gen sets outstanding to be supplied, new power house re-cabling (Awarded to MANTRAC). Other airports that benefited from the power improvement programme include the following: Port Harcourt International Airport (90 per cent) and Mallam Aminu Kano Int. Airport (100 per cent)," she said.

She said that a Complete airside refurbishment for NAIA, Abuja, which includes power supply systems and Airfield Lighting Systems (AFL) - procurement in progress.

Njeze said that other airports that are also being processed for award include, Kaduna Airport, Maiduguri Airport, Calabar, Enugu Airport and Yola Airport.

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