Thursday, October 29, 2015
Senate blocks Abuja Airport runway contract [DailyTrust]
The Senate yesterday objected to the proposed review of the contract for the construction of the second Runway for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at the cost of N63.5bn. The objection was as a result of a motion sponsored by Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West). Moving the motion, Melaye noted that the contract for the second runway was cancelled by the last administration after allegations of over inflation of contracts was established. He added that the contract was awarded by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the cost of N64 billion after ratification by the Bureau for Public Procurement. According to him, the entire Gombe airport, with 3.6km runaway cost N8.2 billion, Jigawa airport, N11 billion, Bauchi airport, N12 billion, Enugu airport reconstructed and expanded, N13 billion and Akwa Ibom airport was constructed at N18.05 billion. “We therefore expressed worry that the proposed cost of constructing just a runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, was astronomical. The amount was four times the cost of constructing a brand new runway in the country,” he said. Besides, the House of Representatives has launched an investigation into the N400 billion appropriated for the expansion, modernization and management of 17 domestic and five Nigerian international airports.