President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that the country is owing the Chinese government $69.3 million counterpart fund for the construction of four airports.


According to VANGUARD, Buhari made this disclosure in Abuja while commissioning the new terminal at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA,


The four airports are Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kano.


The President also vowed to make the Aviation industry of Nigeria a pride in the African continent.


He said, “I wish to assure you therefore, that Government remains committed to developing Nigeria into Regional air transportation hub and thereby assuming its leadership in the aviation sub sector in Africa.”


“This Administration recognises aviation as a catalyst for economic growth and as such will continue to encourage and support the actualization of projects that will place Nigerian Airports amongst the best in the world.”


Buhari further said that with the commissioning of the new Terminal, the country was moving towards achieving and meeting global aviation standards in facilitation, passenger processing and service delivery in tandem with international best practices.


“It gives me great pleasure to be here for the formal commissioning of the new Terminal at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. This event represents yet another significant milestone for International air travellers in and out of the Federal Capital Territory, he said.”


He recalled that the Minister of State for Aviation, Sirika had given him his words to have the new terminal commissioned before the end of December 2018 which he has fulfilled.


“You will recall that on the 25th October, 2018, I commissioned Port Harcourt International Airport Terminal. During the event, the Honourable Minister of State (Aviation) stated that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Terminal, Abuja would be completed and ready for commissioning before the end of the year. Today, that promise has been kept. I wish to commend the Honourable Minister and his team for a job well done.”


“This event today, reflects Government’s deliberate policy to sustain the development of Nigeria’s infrastructure. We are gradually closing the infrastructural deficit bedevilling our country.”


“Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Terminal is the first airport terminal to be connected to rail transport system in the Country and indeed in the region. This has provided passengers and other airport users with a choice in the mode of transport to and from the city centre. I recall taking a ride from the City Metro station to the Airport on the day the rail line was commissioned.”


He also commended the Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi, the Chinese government, China and the China Exim Bank and the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, CCECC, for their financial support and the various roles they played leading to the successful completion of the project.