Why FG Is Spending N32b To Upgrade Nigerian Airports’ Facilities —FAAN Md

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The Federal Government through the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has earmarked a sum of N32 billion for the ongoing nation-wide upgrading and renovation of 22 airports in the country.

FAAN Managing Director (MD), George Uriesi, made the disclosure to newsmen at the Benin Airport while on a routine inspection of the renovation and expansion work going on there.

Uriesi further disclosed that the projects will be in two phases.

He said that in the first phase, 11 airports would benefit at a contract sum of N16 billion, while the second phase comes thereafter, gulping the same sum of money.

The FAAN MD stressed that the ongoing infrastructure upgrading of the airport by the Federal Government is not only aimed at raising the standard of Nigerian airports to compete internationally, but to also address the series of hiccups in the area of revenue collection between the airport management and airline operators.

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“We are changing a lot of things in the ways that airports are run, not just the infrastructure, changing the ways our business are done, doing things differently, doing things more like a business and normal airport authority than a kind of government department. This means we are going to do our commercial transaction differently.’’

He allayed fears being expressed in some quarters of a possible relocation of the Benin Airport as a result of noise pollution.

“As to the relocation of the airport that is not within my power, I’m only the M.D of FAAN. I’m suppose to run FAAN as it is, the relocation of airport is government policy thing, that I cannot comment on.’’

—Isaac Olamilekan/Benin

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