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Abuja airport $200 million terminal to open in February 2018

Staff Writer |
The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport’s (NAIA) new terminal in Abuja will open for operations February next year.

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The terminal, built at the estimated cost of N61.2 billion ($200 million) is a partnership between the Nigerian government and the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

The new terminal, according to state officials, is to offer befitting service to airport users that are visiting the Federal Capital and accommodate new traffic on account of the second runway already penciled for 2018.

The National Assembly joint committee on aviation, on an oversight function Tuesday, was impressed with the level of work at the facility, concluding that it is 80 per cent ready.

While the construction company, CCECC, said the terminal will be ready February barring shortage in power and water supply, the committee urged the handlers to ensure all necessary equipment are in place before the facility officially open for use.

It will be recalled that the new terminal is one of the four terminals for construction in the N153 billion ($500 million) loan deal between the Federal Government and CCECC in July 2014.

However, delay in the payment of counterpart funding by Nigeria has stalled progress of the work with delay in completion date.

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