Nigeria has approved a sum of N1.6bn for the design and construction of a second runway at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, with a completion period of 12 months.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed to State House correspondents after the end of the third virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by the President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday.
Sirika said “Today (Wednesday, June 3) in council, a memo from aviation (ministry) was considered and it is the consultancy services for the design and 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 per cent of VAT also at an exchange rate of N360 to dollar and this was approved.”
Sirika added that the consortium of consultants comprised two international counterparts and one Nigerian.
“What I want you to assure the public is that a lot of work has been done in this procurement of consultancy services.
“It will be fast-tracked and it is the intention of the ministry to conclude before the end of the year so that with the balance of money that we have in the budget, we can appoint a contractor and commence the construction of the second runway.
“We hope to conclude the second runway if awarded before the end of the life of this administration,’’ said he.