Fundamental Issues Delay Abuja Airport New Terminal Completion – Sirika

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Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, stated this on Tuesday during an inspection tour of the new terminal building at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, that was  to be completed by December 2017.

Sirika told news correspondents during the inspection that the delay in delivering the project as agreed was due to foundational issues which had altered the master plan of the airport.

He explained that the planning of the project did not envisage that the building would lead to additional works that will ensure that the facility is used as intended.

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The minister said that apart from the insufficient capacity of the existing power and water supply in the airport to cater for the new building, it was also discovered that the building would block both the control and fire towers which would require relocation.

He further stated that additional work was also required to link the new terminal with the existing one, as well as expanding the apron to accommodate bigger air planes.

Senator Sirika noted that resolving all the challenges would require additional funding and told the audience that presently the project is being funded through 500 million dollars loan from Chinese EXIM bank and 100 million dollars counterpart funding from Nigerian government.

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The Minister concluded that “the quality of work is acceptable but the pace of work is not acceptable because this project should have been delivered by now.

In an interview with the contractor he told newsmen that despite the enumerated by the  minister, the project has attained eighty-five completion.

 

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