The Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah has said the ministry will not disclose federal government expenditure on the ministry's Aerotropilis project .
The minister recently unveiled plans by the ministry to commence the construction of Aerotropolis projects, known as 'Airport cities' at the Lagos, Port Harcourt, Kanu, and Abuja airports as a pilot scheme to boost the revenue generation and further revamp the Nigeria tourism sector.
She noted that the project will be 100 percent private sector-driven and will not attract any government financial involvement.
In her bid to attract foreign investment in the project, the minister embarked on foreign trip that lasted several weeks, along with a retinue of officials and aviation consultants, and conducted road shows and power point presentations.
When LEADERSHIP enquired to know the gains of the foreign trip and how much the road show had cost the federal government, the minister said the amount extended on her trip should not be the important issue and that whatever was spent will soon start yielding dividend for the country.
Speaking through her Special Assistant on media and publicity, Mr. Joe Obi , the minister said "It is not necessary for the public to know the level of monies spent, what was extended on the trip is just the initial sacrifice on the part of government for the successes of the project and not an investment by government ."
However, a dependable source hinted LEADERSHIP that not less that a100 management and senior staff and a host of Aviation consultants made the trip, adding that the Road show and the estercodes, allowances those who made the trip will run into hundreds of millions of Naira.
The minister denied such claims saying " We went strictly on business, not on funfair, we stayed in cheap hotels. A lot of investor have indicated interest to invest, though the trip was funded by government, when the project starts, it will have multiplier economic benefits on both the government and the entire Nigerians."