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FG renames Aviation Ministry, announces concession of Abuja, Kano International airports

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The Federal Government has renamed the Federal Ministry of Aviation to the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace of Nigeria with immediate effect.

It approved the concession of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.

Persecondnews reports that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) took the decision at its Wednesday meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, who arrived in Abuja on Tuesday after a two-week medical attention in UK.

Speaking at an interactive session with journalists post-FEC meeting at the Presidential Villa, outgoing Aviation Minister, Sen. Hadi Sirika, disclosed that FEC approved the changes.

According to him, the Abuja airport will be concession for 20 years while the international airport in Kano will be concession for 30 years.

“The council also approved the draft national civil aviation policy which is geared towards the strengthening of the civil aviation,” Sirika said.

Persecondnews recalls that the Council has last week approved N449.9 million for the engagement of consultants for the development of a master plan for 17 airports in Nigeria.

Also addressing State House correspondents, Mr Jerry Agba, the Minister of State for Power, said the council approved two memos for the ministry.

Agba said the first one being an approval for the award of contract for the procurement of 25 numbers of 33 KV circuit breakers and 120 numbers of surge arrestors for systems use for Transition Company of Nigeria (TCN).

He said the contract value is in the neighborhood of N140 million as argumentation.

“The contract has been awarded before they are ongoing, but we asked for approval for revaluation due to price escalation and additional works. We’re building new sub stations in one of the places,” he said.

Agba added that the council also approved the variation due to price escalation on the construction of the Dukanbo Shonga 132 KV double circuit transmission line.

“Shonga is in Kwara state and that line has been down for several years. So, with this procurement, we should be able to revemp the station and you know is an agro based area that’s the area which service the Bacita farm.

“The shunga farms limited and the whole of that area has been in darkness for a long time.

“With this procurement we hope that in two months, we should have full power supply to those areas and restore farming and processing activities in that area. The cost is N1.5 billion,” Agba said.

 

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