Minister visits Lagos Airport, says projects will not be abandoned

The Supervising Minister of Aviation, Dr. Samuel Ortom, who visited the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Monday shortly after inspecting the level of work at the airport assured none of the on-going airport remodelling projects will be abandoned.

While explaining that some projects were initially suspended due to lack of funds, Ortom said contractors had now resumed work after President Goodluck Jonathan had signed the 2014 budget into law.

“I want to assure Nigerians that the projects will be completed. The projects are part of the aviation master plan dully approved by the Federal Executive Council. Every single project that was started in the phases one, two and three of the remodelling plan will be completed.

“We will generate enough revenue in addition to the Federal Government funding to execute the projects. I want to allay the fears of Nigerians that the projects won’t be completed. The debts and commitments are there, but you can see the massive work going on in the aviation industry today. That justifies the N174bn debt.

“But we intend not to embark on new projects so that we can concentrate our energies and ensure we complete the projects started by my predecessor,” he said.

Ortom stated that the ministry would prioritise the projects and that some of them were about 70 to 80 per cent completed.

“We have to prioritise our work here; we have been operating with Internal Generated Revenue and we will continue to operate with it. We have done a lot. During the cause of this inspection, we have identified some works we have to tidy up,” he said.

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