The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, has affirmed the completion of remodeling of 12 terminal buildings at domestic airports across the nation.
Sirika made the declaration during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.
According to him, the 12 terminal buildings being remodeled are at the domestic airports in Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, Jos, Kaduna, Owerri, Ilorin, Ibadan, Calabar, Akure, Maiduguri and Yola.
He said the development was part of the Federal Government’s determination to upgrade all airports in the country to be environmentally-friendly.
Sirika said government was intensifying efforts to standardise the nation’s airports toward safety and security of the aviation sector.
The minister said the government was also moving toward expanding its agriculture industry by developing international standard perishable cargo facilities.
He said the aim of having regional cargo terminals would aid transportation of goods from production to export centres in a significantly shorter time and avoid wastage of these perishable products.
“Currently in Nigeria, the number of airports including those currently being developed has doubled; passengers number has quadrupled, other entrepreneurship including catering and ground handling has blossomed, number of airlines and jobs has doubled.
“Furthermore, we have successfully debunked the gospel truth that aviation doubles every 15 years.
“With the successful implementation of the roadmap projects, our overall goal is to grow the aviation sector`s contribution from the current 0.6 per cent to five per cent (approximately 14.166 billion dollars),“ he said. (NAN)