The Minister of State For Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has said the new terminal currently under construction at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja will require additional $400 to $500 million to fully function.
Sirika, who stated this when he visited the airport for the inspection of the airport new terminal, said the funds are needed to correct the challenges hindering the completion and full functioning of the terminal.
The minister also revealed that some efforts have already been put in motion to tackle the challenge as the ministry has made proposal to the federal government on how to source for the money.
Sirika further explained that “we are eager to get the project finished and done with so that it would be able to serve the people and serve the intentions to which it is been built. And we have earlier on said that we will be able to finish this project by December, 2017 but, unfortunately we are in January 2018 and the project has not been delivered. It is the first tour that we are undergoing as a ministry at the first day of work to find out from the contractors the state of things wnd what could be the hindrance and to find out why the project couldn’t be delivered and also to see the state of work.”ll
Speaking on the quality of the work, the minister said “The quality is work is acceptable but, the pace is unacceptable. The project should have been delivered earlier than now and the contractor is just reapeating what he said earlier on and some of the challenges he’s been facing regarding some level of work and some additional problems. We to ensure that this terminal can be use for the purpose to which its intended.
“Unfortunately, some of the hindrances are very complex and some of them will delay this job and some of them are from the foundation and these are the problems that we found. For example, part of the additional works that’s been procured for the building.
“We have the problem of linking the new terminal and the old terminal. The blocking of the control tower, the control tower cannot see the other side of the airport is an issue and also, we have the fire service blocking access to the terminal building making it very difficult for the airport to maneuver.”