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FEC approves N92.12bn contract for Abuja second runway project

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Barely 24 hours after the inauguration of the new terminal at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) in lkeja Lagos, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved N92.12 billion for the construction of a second runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, who disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the entire sum would be spread over a number of projects to be carried out at the airport in the next 12 months.

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Persecondnews recalls that Buhari, while inaugurating the new terminal building at the MMIA in Lagos on Tuesday, instructed the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, to source funds for the second runway project for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

He had also directed the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Bello, to conclude the documentation of the approved 12,000 hectares of land to accommodate the runway and other developmental projects.

On how the government hopes to raise funds for the project, Sirika said the administration would use same pattern it used to raise funds for all of its other projects across other sectors.

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