The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport situated within the Federal Capital Territory is set to have its own Independent Power Plant as the Federal Government gave the approval yesterday in order to put an end to the constant challenge of power supply there.
The approval was given at the first Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting of the year at the Presidential Villa in Abuja which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. At the meeting, the rehabilitation of the Enugu/Oturkpo road that links to Ninth Mile at the cost of N5.44 billion was also approved.
After the meeting,the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika while briefing State House correspondents said that the approval for the Independent Power Plant was aimed at addressing some of the challenges besetting smooth operations at the airport.
“We are putting up an independent power system at the airport which has been approved by FEC.
“Subsequently, we will also attend to the challenges of water, sewage, apron, connectivity between old and new airport and all the fire stations that is blocking the usage of the airport and perhaps also the control tower that is connecting the other side of the airport. All these will be attended to in phases in preparation to the fully utilization of the airport.”
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola also commented on the approval for rehabilitation of the Enugu/Oturkpo road, he said the decision was given a go-ahead by members following a memo to council.
The Minister also explained that the cost of the rehabilitation at N5.44 billion is to facilitate the promotion of the agricultural policy of the current administration, and added that the two communities involved were heavily engaged in agriculture activities. He also said that the project should be completed in twenty – four (24) months.