The Minister of Aviation, Ms. Stella Oduah, Sunday said the airport re-modelling projects across the country had attained 95 per cent completion. In a statement signed by her Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Joe Obi, Oduah attributed the level of achievement in the sector to the full support of the federal government.
Oduah said: "Not only have we completed, inaugurated and put to use a lot of the remodelled airports, work on the remaining ones is at 95 per cent completion. So under my watch, no project we have commenced will be abandoned."
The minister assured Nigerians that there would be no abandoned project in the sector under her watch.
Oduah, who decried the abandoned project syndrome in the Nigerian polity in the past, said President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership in the aviation sector were very committed to the full and timely completion of projects started in late 2011 under the airport remodelling project initiative.
Oduah said: "When we came on board in 2011 and drew up our master plan and implementation road map which had as its core components, the airport remodelling project, we were charged by Mr. President to ensure that we complete every project we embark on.
"We assured Mr. President that we will see every project to its logical conclusion and we are committed to that. We are fortunate to have his full support and the support of the Federal Executive Council (FEC). The result of that level of support is what you are seeing today. Not only have we completed, inaugurated and put to use a lot of the remodelled airports, work on the remaining ones is at 95 per cent completion.
"So, under my watch, no project we have commenced will be abandoned." She said the Yola airport was very important and critical to the successful implementation of the transformation programme in the aviation sector as one of the designated Perishable Cargo centres, and disclosed that the cargo terminal would be completed in the second quarter of this year.
She expressed happiness with the quality of work at the remodelled Yola airport, saying that when fully operational, the airport and its cargo facility would not only create thousands of jobs for the people of the state, but more importantly, empower the rural farmers whose fresh produce would have access to both local and international markets.
The minister expressed satisfaction with the quality of work on the remodelled Sokoto airport, disclosing that government was constructing the biggest pilgrim terminal in the country at the airport. The terminal, whose construction has already commenced, has a capacity for 5,000 passengers.