The project includes the proposed construction of a new civil terminal building and apron expansion at Kastina, as airport certifications. It also includes consultancy fees for the aerotropolis scheme.
What Does the 2023 Appropriation Say?
According to the 2023 appropriation bill, the Federal Government proposed to spend N3 billion on safety and security-critical projects. It also aims to spend the budgeted money on airport certification nationwide. As of the time of this writing, some of these projects are currently ongoing.
The International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO)’s recommended practices do not however support this. According to them, only international airports are to be certified by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
FG apportioned 5.1 billion for Kastina airport: Why the Expansion?
The Federal has proposed to spend N2 billion for the expansion of the Kastina Airport. The government had 2022 proposed to spend the sum of N5.1 billion for the same project.
A statistic on the passenger traffic figure released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Kastina Airport, revealed poor performance. According to NBS the Airport recorded the lowest passenger traffic for 2021 with just 30,313.
The Aerotropolis Project
The budget also revealed that the government has designated the sum of N75 million as a consultancy fee for the controversial aerotropolis project in Lagos.
For the building to be erected, offices of FAAN, NCAA, and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) at the Lagos Airport will have to be demolished.
But the industrial union and affected agencies’ workers have kicked against the planning, advising the minister to commence the aerotropolis project from the FCT. There is already 12,00 hectares of land for such purpose there.
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