The Lagos State Government has received approval of the Federal Government for the construction of the Lekki International Airport on the Lekki-Epe axis of the state.
This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, Jubril Gawat, in a tweet on Tuesday.
According to Gawat, the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, presented the approval on behalf of the Federal Government to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
‘’BREAKING NEWS: The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, officially receives the Federal Government Approval for the Lekki Epe Airport today at the Lagos Economic Summit, Ehingbeti 2022 at the Eko Hotel and Suites,” Gawat wrote in his tweet post.
Persecondnews recalls that the Lagos State Government had earlier announced that construction of a new airport in the Lekki-Epe area will commence in 2023.
Making the announcement on his official Instagram handle on Friday, October 7, 2022, the Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Public Private Partnership (PPP), Mr Ope George, said the new airport would be constructed on 3,500 hectares of land in the Lekki-Epe area.
George also said the master plan and aeronautical designs were in place, adding that studies were ongoing about strategies, funding and other issues, after which the project would take off.
Persecondnews gathered that the proposed Lekki Airport project is projected to cost about $450 million in its first phase and will be constructed in partnership with local and foreign investors.
When fully operational, the new airport is expected to decongest the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja.