Nigeria’s Government has approved the sum of N1.7 billion as consultancy for the construction of a second runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport, Abuja.
According to dailytrust.com.ng, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, while briefing State House reporters on Wednesday, said the approved N1, 659, 592, 908.78 for the proposed second Abuja airport runway covered consultancy services for design.
Sirika, who said the contract had a completion period of 12 months, added that the federal government hoped to conclude the second runway if awarded before the end of the life of the current administration.
He said, “Today in council, a memo from Aviation was considered and it is the consultancy services for design; pre contract services for the construction of a new runway here in Abuja.
“The contract went to a consortium of consultants, at a total contract sum of N1, 659, 592, 908.78, this included 7.5 percent of Value Added Tax VAT also with an exchange rate of N360 to dollar and this was approved.”
The airport currently has one runway which is 3,609m long and has an asphalt surface. Sirika noted that the second runway became very necessary, following the fact that the Airport was becoming very busy.