The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has stated that over 60,000 jobs were created in the aviation sector in 2011 alone and that the industry is expected to contribute six per cent to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the coming year.
Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, made this known while briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the weekly meeting on Wednesday, December 12.
In continuation of the assessment of the performance of the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the government in the past one year, the council took on the Ministries of Aviation and Communication Technology in a marathon briefing that lasted for over nine hours.
Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah told Council that a fund will soon be created to avoid the short term facility being suffered by the existing airlines and that the new national carrier that will soon be floated will be private sector driven.
She enumerated her achievements to include the expansion of the existing terminal buildings as well as plans to build at least 11 new terminal buildings across the country.
He said the Aviation Minister also proposed the expansion of six new international airports in 2013 and to make the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja regional hubs of aviation in West Africa.
On her part, Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson, made presentation on the ministry’s achievements, saying that the ministry had shown commitment to the development of the broad-band technology to expand internet and telephone services.
She said the ministry has contributed 5.7 per cent to the country’s GDP and enhanced job creation for youths, and has developed programmes of access to computer by children, capacity building for civil servants in the field of technology as well as local content development.