Nigeria halts airport expansion projects over funding issues

15 June 2015 (Last Updated June 15th, 2015 18:30)

Nigeria has stalled expansion projects at Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos and Port-Harcourt International Airport (PHIA) in Rivers State due to lack of funds.

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Nigeria has stalled expansion projects at Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos and Port-Harcourt International Airport (PHIA) in Rivers State due to lack of funds.

According to local media reports, the contractors working on the projects have abandoned work saying they will not return to the site until the government reimburses the money that had been promised to them.

NigerianMinistry Of Aviation permanent secretary Binta Bello has assured the contractors that the ministry of finance would soon release funds for the completion of the projects.

"Work is progressing very well. I've been told they had some challenges during the take-off of the projects."

According to the Daily Post, the Murtala airport expansion work was being carried out by Mantrac Nigeria since September 2013.

Inter Bau Construction, which was handling the work at the Port Harcourt International Airport, said almost 80% - 90% of the first phase of construction had been completed.

Work on the second phase had to be terminated due to the exhaustion of funds.

Some of the projects to have been affected at the Lagos airport are the airport power contract, protocol lounge and landscaping at the Lagos Airport and construction of Departure and Arrival Halls at the Port Harcourt Airport, among others.

Apart from assuring the availability of finds, Bello expressed satisfaction over the progress of work.

"Work is progressing very well. I've been told they had some challenges during the take-off of the projects.

"They have overcome most of them and they are working very hard to close the gaps created by man-hours lost.

"If they didn't have initial challenges, they would have gone further than where they are."


Image: Ongoing construction work at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos. Photo: courtesy of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.