One of the two cargo projects at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja will soon be put into operation, according to Senator Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation.
The minister stated this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation to defend the 2022 implementation status and 2023 budget proposal in Abuja.
Additionally, he added that the national carrier, which is already on its way, would launch with a Boeing 737 and would concentrate on domestic operations.
Sirika noted that the country’s domestic airline industry had made significant progress and that airports now record a high level of safety.
“This significant growth is the sequel to the roadmap we are building. Our airports are wearing new looks especially Lagos, Abuja, Kano, and Port Harcourt among others”, Sirika said.
The minister also stated that the cargo terminal work, which had been abandoned by the contractors, would be investigated, offenders prosecuted, and funds recovered.
Mr Nnolim Nnaji, Chairman of the Committee, stated that the committee would begin oversight of three international airport terminals slated for concession in the coming weeks.
The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency was left out of the committee’s list of essential security and safety organisations, according to Nnaji.
He added that the committee would ensure that the abnormality was corrected and urged the minister to clarify the matter.
Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Annabel Nwachukwu