12 July 2012

Nigeria: Why Remodeling of Airports Is Delayed - Aviation Ministry

The Ministry of Aviation has said the completion of the remodeling of the 11 airports across the country is delayed because of the Dana Air aircraft that crashed June 3.

The Media Assistant to the minister of Aviation, Mr. Joe Obi ,told our correspondent on phone that the crash threw the industry into mourning and that also affected the renovation efforts.

The remodeling was supposed to be completed and commissioned in June.

Rehabilitation programme in the airports commenced last year at the cost of N19 billion. The second phase of the remodeling exercise was expected to have commenced in June for another N19 billion.

Some of the airports being remodeled in the first phase are the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos; Nnamdi Azikiwe Intenational Airport, Abuja; Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri; Yola Airport and Benin Airport.

The Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, after inspecting facilities at the airports in April, gave 85 percent score on the progress score card.

She was confident that all the airports will be delivered by June.

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