President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said his administration would upgrade five international airports next year despite not having a Minister of Aviation.
He stated this after receiving operational briefings from the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Mrs. Binta Bello.
“Our airports are the windows through which people see our country. Anybody coming into the country will likely come through the airports.
“If we cannot secure and maintain our infrastructure, it will reflect very badly on us,’’ said the president.
He consequently directed the Ministry of Aviation to speed up all processes and projects relating to the safety and security of Nigeria’s air transport system.
President Buhari further directed that counterpart funding for upgrading the international airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt and Enugu, be captured in the 2016 budget.
Earlier, Mrs Bello had said the five new international airport terminal buildings were designed to meet best international standards.
According to her, the five international terminals could cater for 62 million passengers annually when completed in the first quarter of 2016, with Lagos moving from 7 million passengers’ capacity to 25 million, Abuja moving from 5 million to 16 million, while Kano, Port Harcourt and Enugu, will have the capacity for 7 million passengers each.