FG to kick-start aviation sector road map as FCT hands 12, 000 hectare land for projects

Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Muhammed Musa Bello has handed over the Certificate of Occupancy for 12,000 hectares of land in Abuja to his aviation counterpart, Senator Hadi Sirika.

The 12,000 hectares of land is for the actualization of the aviation roadmap projects of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

According to the Director-Planning Research and Statistics of the Federal Ministry of  Aviation who represented the Minister, Mohammed Kabiru Shehu, said one of the key projects to be executed on the land is the second runway project for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

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The FAAN boss expressed appreciation to the Buhari-led administration and the Hon. Minister of Aviation for promises kept.

The second runway project was awarded to the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Nigeria  Limited (CCECC) and the site was handed over to the company on the aforementioned date.

Nigeria’s Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika

Other projects that would be executed as part of the aviation roadmap include Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Centre; Aviation Leasing Company (ALC); Agro-Allied Cargo Terminals; Aerotropolis or Airport City; national carrier; Africa Aerospace and Aviation University (AAU); second Runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, amongst others.

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Some of the benefits that would accrue to Nigeria at the completion of the projects are employment opportunities for Nigerians; enhanced transfer of technology; increase in foreign exchange earnings/increase in GDP contribution; backward integration of aircraft maintenance and repair facilities for both domestic and international carriers; improvement in Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria; reduction in capital flight; increase in Bilateral Air Services Agreements with other countries, amongst others.

Present at the handover ceremony was the  MD/CE-Capt. Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu represented by the Director of Human Resources-Honorius Anozie; Acting Director of Aerodrome Development of the Aviation Ministry Engr.C.Awogbami; Team Lead of the Federal Capital Development  Authority, Executive Secretary-Engr. Shehu Hadi Ahmad; Regional General Manager (North Central)/Airport Manager, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja – Kabiru Mohammed; other officials of the Ministry of Aviation, FAAN, and FCDA amongst other dignitaries.

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