The Federal Government has set aside N10 billion from the 2017 budget for the construction of a second runway in Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja.
It has also budgeted the sum of N2 billion for the acquisition of vital airport equipment and a calibration aircraft for the industry.
In addition, it also made available another N2 billion for the development of an air strip at Abeokuta in Ogun state, as contained in the 2017 budget which was passed by the National Assembly last week.
The budget also revealed that the Ministry of Transportation may have provided for more rail projects in the country than are specified in the budget document. Under its capital project with caption ‘FMOTY 19186160’, the budget specifies the rail projects to be undertaken within the year as: Lagos-Kano, Calabar-Lagos, Kano-Kaduna, Ajaokuta-Itakpe-Warri, Kaduna-Idu and other rail projects.
By Bright Bassey