Nigeria plans to double number of Airports by 2023~Sirika
Nigeria said it will double the number of airports in the country before the end of 2023 to enhance air connectivity and boost the nation’s economy.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika said this while responding to questions during the Public Presentation of the 2021 Budget breakdown on Tuesday in Abuja.
“We understood the principles and the importance of air connectivity and it is a very important sector. It boosts our economy and we believe investment in this sector will do well for our economy.
“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.
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.
Nigeria plans to spend a total of N89.97 billion on capital projects in the aviation sector in 2021, according to the detail of allocations in the 2021 budget.
In the budget, the ministry of aviation 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.
Nigeria currently has 31 airports with 26 of the airports are operated by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), five of which are functional international airports. It also has a state-owned airport located in Akwa Ibom State.
Experts said more than 60 percent of the airports are underutilized and post losses all year round due to low passengers and activities.