The Nigerian government announced that it plans to demolish and rebuild the international terminal of the Murtala Murhammed Airport (MMIA), Lagos at a cost of 14 billion naira.
The Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, disclosed the news during a meeting with stakeholders in Lagos. He said when the new terminal that is almost completed comes on stream before the end of the year, the old terminal would be demolished.
Sirika, said the airport which was inaugurated in 1999 for 200, 000 passenger capacity now processes about eight million passengers, noting that the facility has been overstretched. He noted that this was one of the reasons why it was becoming continuously uncomfortable for passenger facilitation.
The minister said construction company, Julius Berger, had been contacted to carry our feasibility studies and projected the cost of rebuilding the terminal to be at 14 billion naira.
Sirika assured that the new Lagos airport terminal would be completed by the end of this year, and some of the operations at the old terminal could be moved to the new airport. However, he clarified that it was only after the new terminal is completed that the old one would be brought down for the commencement of rehabilitation work.
Highlighting his achievements in the industry, Sirika disclosed that out of 157 aviation projects the administration set out to achieve, it had completed about 130 of such projects, noting that the Nigerian government was judiciously following the aviation roadmap.
He also reiterated that the national carrier project, the leasing company project and the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) programmes were still on, adding that they would be continued in the second term of the Buhari administration.
Sirika said the aviation industry has increased its contribution to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product to $900 billion, but regretted that the country currently does not have strong airlines.
According to the minister, the President Buhari-led administration would support any domestic carrier that wants to build up its capacity and stressed the need for a national carrier, as the answer to the current limited capacity of the airlines.