By Mukwuzi Joseph
The Federal Government on Tuesday declared that it would double the number of airports across Nigeria by 2023.
Nigeria has about 31 airports currently. The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria operates 26 of the facilities, while others are largely run by states.
The Minister of Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, said this while responding to questions during the Public Presentation of the 2021 Budget Proposal on Tuesday in Abuja.
The public presentation was organised by the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.
“Before the end of 2023, we would have doubled the number of airports in Nigeria. We understand the importance of aviation infrastructure as a critical component for the working of our economy and our national security assets.”
Sirika said the aviation industry was the fastest growing sector in the country and the current administration had developed a roadmap to improve civil aviation and air transportation in general.
President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2021 budget proposal to a joint session of the National Assembly on October 8.
The 2021 budget is projected at N13.08 trillion, which is 21 per cent higher than revised 2020 Budget of N10.8 trillion.
Capital Expenditure for the Ministry of Aviation is put at N89.97 billion in the proposed 2021 budget.
However, the ministry proposes to spend N5 billion for safety and security critical projects and airport certification nationwide and N14 billion for construction of second runway at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Also, the ministry proposed N1.6 billion extension and asphalt overlay of Murtala Muhammed International Airport runway, Lagos; N1 billion construction of new terminal building in Enugu and N1 billion construction of Abeokuta airstrip.