FG To Demolish Murtala Muhammad Airport, Construct Another
The Minister of State for Aviation, Mr. Sirika, has stated that the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) would be brought down to give room for another one.
Mr. Sirika stated this yesterday, adding that the project would be handled by the construction giant, Julius Berger.
Sirika also disclosed that the new airport will cost the federal government some N14 billion.
“We have concluded on plans to relocate airlines from their original place to the new terminal we are building.
“We have are going to rebuild the MMIA terminal and the contract will be awarded to Julius Berger at roughly N14 billion,” he said.
Explaining why the new airport is necessary, he stated that the terminal in use was built in 1979 and has outlived its usefulness.
“The terminal was built to handle 300,000 at inception but the passengers it handles have grown to 8 million in the past three years,” the minister noted.
On the duration of the construction of the new airport, Sirika explained further:
“The Managing Director of FAAN just told us that the new terminal under construction will be completed before the end of this year.
“Airlines will move to the new one while we begin reconstruction of the old MMIA.”
ElombahNews, on May 17, reported that the Minister also said that the Akanu Ibiam Airport in Enugu will be shut down due to security reasons.
He listed the security challenges at the airport to include bad runway, proximity to a market and the wrong location of the state’s radio mast.