FG bud­gets N8.3bn for 2nd Abuja run­way for 2018

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Hamisu Muham­mad

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has set aside N8.3 bil­lion for the sec­ond run­way of the Nnamdi Azikiwe In­ter­na­tional Air­port, (NAIA) Abuja in the 2018 ap­pro­pri­a­tion bill, the min­is­ter of Bud­get and Na­tional Plan­ing, Udoma Udo Udoma, has said.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day at the 2018 bud­get pub­lic pre­sen­ta­tion in Abuja, Udoma said the project is nec­es­sary to avoid a re­peat of the em­bar­rass­ing sit­u­a­tion of clos­ing down the air­port for main­te­nance in the fu­ture.

Early this year, the gov­ern­ment closed down the air­port for six weeks to en­able re­con­struc­tion of the only run­way of the air­port.

The 2nd run­way project was first in­cluded in the 2017 bud­get but due to short­age of fund, it was rolled over to 2018.

Other trans­port projects listed in the 2018 bud­get are: N162.28 bil­lion coun­ter­part fund­ing for Rail­way projects in­clud­ing: La­gos-Kano (on­go­ing), Cal­abar-La­gos (on­go­ing), Ajaoku­taI­takpe-Aladja (Warri) (on­go­ing), Port Har­court - Maiduguri (New), Kano-Katsina-JibiyaMaradi in Niger Repub­lic (New), Abuja-Itakpe and Aladja (Warri)-Warri Port and Re­fin­ery in­clud­ing Warri New Har­bour (new) and N2.03 bil­lion Con­struc­tion of Ter­mi­nal Build­ing at Enugu Air­port.

The Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Lo­cal and For­eign Debts re­cently en­dorsed the sec­ond run­way project, dur­ing a visit to the air­port.

The com­mit­tee, led by its chair­man, Sen. Shehu Sani, gave the en­dorse­ment dur­ing the in­spec­tion of the sec­ond run­way site yes­ter­day at the Abuja air­port dur­ing an over­sight func­tion.

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