The Federal Executive Council has approved a total sum of N12,097,215,800.09 for the procurement of bridges used by passengers to embark or disembark from planes.
This is part of government’s efforts to boost the nation’s aviation sector.
Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, who revealed the information, told State House Correspondents that most of the amount would go into replacement of the obsolete ones.
His words, “Today in council, a memo was presented by us in aviation and the amount of the contract to be awarded to Gulf of Africa International Limited for the purpose of replacing our aviation bridges at a cost of N12,097,215,800.09.
“The contract is for a period of 12 months and it will include seven and half percent value added tax.
“This contract is not only for supplying, but it’s also for installation and maintenance, including spare parts.
“This has been taken by Council and approved and to say that this is part of all that we’ve been doing to reactivate the failing infrastructure within the country and of course, Lagos being the major airport in the country.
“This will make passenger facilitation easier, safer and of course it will add value and create more efficiency within the system of that particular airport. This is also an ongoing program for all of our failed airports.”
Recall that owing to high passenger traffic at the various airports in Nigeria, the Federal Government has been making consistent efforts to boost flight operations, part of which has seen massive investment in the sector.