Nigeria to build four airports by 2015

By The Citizen

The China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation has pledged to deliver the four international airport terminals it will be constructing in Nigeria in 20 months' time.

The airport terminals will be located in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt.

This is coming as the ministers of Transport and Works, Senator Idris Umar and Mr. Mike Onolememen, have called on the construction company to start investing in Nigeria considering the enormous projects being handled by it in the country.

The President, CCECC, Mr. Yuan Li, disclosed the firm's resolve to complete the airport terminals in record time when a high-powered delegation of Nigerian government officials paid him a courtesy/facility inspection visit at the corporate headquarters of the company in Beijing on Tuesday.

Li, according to a statement signed by the Special Adviser (Media) to the Minister of Aviation, Mr. Joe Obi, said the quality of the work to be done at the airports would be of the highest international standard comparable to similar projects executed by the company in other parts of the world.

He said the construction of the airport terminals was a special project by the company, adding that it would endeavour to complete the task in record time.

In her remarks, the Minister of Aviation, Ms. Stella Oduah, said she was eagerly looking forward to the signing of the agreement between both countries with respect to enhancing infrastructure development in Nigeria.

She expressed optimism that the construction giant would complete the projects in the next 18 to 20 months.

Oduah said she had no doubt on either the quality of job to be delivered by CCECC or the completion timeline since due diligence was conducted before the Federal Government finally settled for the company.

'When completed, the Nigerian international airports will take their rightful places in the world aviation map and boost Nigeria's position as the natural hub for commercial aviation business on the African continent,' she said.