President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration is gradually closing the infrastructural deficit in the country.
He made the assertion Thursday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, where he commissioned a new terminal building.
Mr Buhari said the commissioning of the new terminal has shown that Nigeria is moving towards achieving and meeting global aviation standards in facilitation, passenger processing and service delivery in tandem with international best practices.
“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.
“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,” he said.
The new terminal building was constructed by a Chinese firm, CCECC with funding from the China Export Import Bank.
Mr Buhari said the completion of the project represents yet another significant milestone for international air travellers in and out of the Federal Capital Territory.
The president also said he was happy with the progress being made in both the airports and seaports on the implementation of the Executive Order on the Ease of Doing Business of his administration.
He said all government officials manning these gateways “are to sustain the momentum and ensure travellers in and out of the country have the best of experience as a necessary complement to the ultra-modern terminal”.
He said the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Terminal is the first airport terminal to be connected to rail transport system in the Country.
“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.
“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,” he said.
Mr Buhari also commended the efforts of the Federal Ministry of Transportation (Aviation), the Government of the Peoples Republic of China and the China Exim Bank for their financial support and the various roles they played leading to the successful completion of the project.
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President @MBuhari has officially commissioned the new International Terminal Building at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
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— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) December 20, 2018