The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Nigeria. (VA Image)
Abuja (UNA-OIC) – The Nigerian government announced its intention to build 10 new airports across the country, as part of a strategic national plan that aims to double the number of airports from 31 to 62 by 2023.
During an intervention before parliament on providing clarifications on the Ministry of Aviation’s 2021 proposed budget, Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika said his ministry has launched a new roadmap to promote civil aviation and improve the performance of the Nigerian aviation sector, which has been the focus of many restructuring attempts over the past few years.
“So, we have about 10 new airports coming up, that is almost half the number of airports we used to have in Nigeria. We are adding 50 percent of the number of airports,” Sirika said, adding that some airports would also be modernized under this strategy which comes within a recovery plan for the aviation sector.
With the development of 10 new airports in Nigeria, the West African country is anticipated to see a boost in sector development and its overall economic growth in the coming years.