The Federal Government on Tuesday announced that it would double the number of airports across Nigeria by 2023.
This was disclosed at the Abuja headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Finance during the presentation of the 2021 budget.
Currently, Nigeria has about 31 airports. The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria operates 26 facilities and others are handled by the state.
Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation, while responding to a question on airports, said the government intends to develop more airports in 2021 as captured in the budget of the Federal Ministry of Aviation. He said a lot of work would be done across airports in Nigeria.
Sirika said, ‘Since this administration came in, we drew our roadmap in trying to improve on civil aviation and transportation in general. We understood the importance of air connectivity.’
‘So we believe investment in this sector will do very well for our economy. Before the end of 2023, we would have doubled the number of airport in Nigeria.’
He added, ‘We have a saying that one-mile-long road leads to nowhere, but one-mile-long runway leads to everywhere. We understand the importance of aviation infrastructure as a critical component for the working of our economy and they are also national security assets.’
‘So, all over the place, airport are being built in Nigeria which is a sign of growth for us.’
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