The approval was given today at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, presided over by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja.
Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika who gave a break down of the approval said that the council approved N7.4 billion for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Hadejia Airstrip in Jigawa for a period of 18 months; while N1.9 billion is for the construction of control tower and technical building in Enugu.
According to him, another N625 million was approved for the procurement of utility vehicles.
The federal government had in 2021 stated that it would intensify efforts towards reviving airstrips across the country in a bid to combat insecurity and boost commercial activities.
Sirika explained: “Today in council, we presented one that contained three items. One of which is the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Hadejia Airstrip at the total sum is N7,482,071,196.56 for a period of 18 months. And this contract is going to MESSRS China Civil Engineering Construction Company.
“Then, there is the construction of a control tower and technical building in Enugu airport. The company is MSSRS MASCOT Associates Nigeria Limited. And it is N1,973,606,141.75.
“The third contract is for the procurement of utility vehicles. It went to MSSRs Kaura Motors at N625,500,000. These are the memoranda and they’ve all been approved today”.