29 May 2019

The Federal Government of Nigeria has revealed
plans to invest US $38m in rehabilitation of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport,
Lagos terminal. Minister of State for Aviation, Hadii Sirika, disclosed the
report at the 2019 Stakeholders’ Forum.

The Minister explained that the airport needed a
revamp due to its poor state which has outlived its usefulness. He further
noted that the terminal was built to handle 300,000 at inception but the
passengers it handles have grown to 8 million in the past three years.

“We require to spend US $38m on the refurbishment
of the international terminal in Lagos. This airport was built in 1979 and intended
to carry just 200,000 passengers annually, but it now does over eight million
yearly. With the continuous over-used of its facilities, the amenities will not
last for long,” said the minister.

Sirika said that he government would need to close
down the terminal, but pointed out this would not happen until the ongoing
construction of the second international terminal was concluded.

Ongoing construction of the second international
terminal would also be completed before the end of the year. The terminal,
which is constructed by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), commenced in 2013 with a promise that it would be
completed in 20 months.

“We want the new terminal to come on stream before we commence any work on the old terminal. As it is, we can’t close it totally because it is the only international terminal we have in the state, but a part of it would be shut once the new terminal comes on board,” assured  Hadii Sirika.

Read the latest issue

Latest Issue