The federal executive council on Wednesday, June 3, approved N1.7 billion for the construction of a second runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja.
The minister of aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika who disclosed this at the end of the end of the virtual meeting of FEC said the amount covers consultancy services for the design of the new runway.
He said the project, if awarded, would be achieved before the end of the current administration in 2023.
“Today in council, a memo from the ministry of aviation was considered and it is the consultancy services for the construction of second runway here in Abuja.
“The contract went to a consortium of consultants for the total contract sum of N1.7 billion.
“This includes 7.5 percent VAT and also the exchange rate for the dollar component of N360 to one dollar.
“And this is what caused the seeming increase in the last estimated figure,’’ he said.
The minister revealed that the consultancy part of the project was for 12 months. He said that a lot of work had been done in the procurement consultancy services, adding that it would be fast-tracked.
The Abuja airport currently has only one runway which was closed for 6 weeks for extensive repair work in March 2017 given rise to the pursuit of a second runway as contingency.
It would be recalled that in 2010, a contract to build a second runway at the airport was awarded at the cost of N64 billion.
The plan was scuttled due the outrage that greeted the huge sum which was alleged to have been inflated.