The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Mohammed Bello, has presented 12,000 hectares of land on the Bill Clinton Drive, Airport Road, with the Certificate of Occupancy to the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, for the construction of the aviation road-map.
Bello made the presentation when he led a team on a courtesy visit to Sirika’s office. “The vast land will make all aviation facilities be provided in one location.
“We have marked all the land you requested to cater for the second runway, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities, free trade zone, retraining facilities and aviation museum.
“By law, any government building has to be done with the approval of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) and in partnership with the authority.
“I want to implore you to direct all your relevant agencies that will be involved in these mega projects to ensure that the relevant body of FCT administration is part and parcel of them.
“Every building in Abuja has to go through a certification process through what is called ‘control’. The project will benefit many people as many jobs would be created.”
Bello advised Sirika to work hand-in-hand with his ministry and under the leadership of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) for the smooth execution of the project.
Sirika thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment and support toward achieving the objectives of the aviation roadmap.
He said the main aim of the roadmap is to have an aviation city with a structure of aviation activities.
“We thank Mr. President, who has made such huge land available as a free zone. Lots of development are coming up in that location.
“Frankly speaking, the move will improve employment status. Jobs will be massively created in the city. It will improve tourism and commerce, as well as trade.
“I have discussed with the FCT minister that all structures that have no value or hinder general planning of the airport should go,” he said.
According to him, the land will be used to construct a second runway, an MRO facility, an aviation leasing company, a training centre, cargo terminal, among others.