PRESIDENT BUHARI ORDERS ACTION TO REDRESS ENORMOUS DEBT PROFILE OF NIGERIA’S AVIATION SECTOR

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in Abuja expressed concern over the enormous
debt profile of Nigeria’s aviation sector, saying
that his administration will act quickly to
redress the situation.
‘‘I am concerned about the enormous debt
profile in the aviation sector. The Federal
Government has to do something quickly
because safety, security and international
respectability are involved here.
“Our airports are the windows through which
people see our country. Anybody coming into
the country will likely come through the
airports.
“If we cannot secure and maintain our
infrastructure, it will reflect very badly on us,’’
President Buhari said after receiving a briefing
from the Federal Ministry of Aviation”.
The President directed the Ministry of Aviation
to speed up all processes and projects relating
to the safety and security of Nigeria’s air
transport system.
President Buhari further directed that
counterpart funding for the upgrading of the
international airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano,
Port Harcourt and Enugu, should be captured
in the 2016 budget.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs.
Binta Bello told the President that the five new
International Airport Terminal Buildings were
designed to meet the best international
standards.
The five international terminals, she said,
could cater for 62 million passengers annually
when completed in the first quarter of 2016,
with Lagos moving from 7 million passengers’
capacity to 25 million, Abuja moving from 5
million to 16 million, while Kano, Port
Harcourt and Enugu, will have the capacity for
7 million passengers each.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)

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