The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello, and the Minster of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Monday visited the construction site of the second runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja.
The ministers urged the construction company in charge of the project to ensure that the project was completed before the handover date of the current administration on May 29, 2023.
Speaking during the visit, Sirika commended the FCT minister for the allocation of the 12,000 hectares of land given for the project and revealed that the project was meant to be an aviation city, containing everything a modern city has, including hotels, shopping malls, schools, cinemas and hospitals.
The aviation minister designated the project as a legacy project which would boost economic activities not just in the FCT, but across the country, while disclosing that the facilities would also include a cargo hub, and serve as the hub for the national carrier.
According to him, the aviation city would serve as a base for the aviation leasing company and would have the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau offices.
In his remarks, the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello assured of his administration’s total support for the project, stressing that the indigenous communities and people stood to benefit the most from the project because it will bring about huge economic activities and employment opportunities to the people.
Bello, therefore urged the contractor to work round the clock to ensure its completion on schedule.
“We have a standard procedure for compensation, and never in the history of the FCT has issues of compensation stopped a project,” the FCT minister said.
The FCT minister then called on the Chief of Jiwa community, Idris Musa, to continue to provide the needed leadership to ensure that the project is successful, adding that the project was “a golden opportunity to be part and parcel of a legacy project that will transform the social, economic and political landscape of the FCT.”