Nigeria to build eleven new airport terminals

The Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, announced that the Federal Government has approved a sum of N106 billion for the construction of eleven new airport terminals. Five new international terminals will be build at Abuja, Lagos, Enugu, Kano and Port Harcourt, while six new cargo terminals will be erected at the same airports as well as at Asaba. The new terminals are part of the second phase of the aviation road map, and follows the current remodelling process of several domestic airport terminals.

The minister said that the first phase of the remodeling and construction of 11 airports would be completed in the next 90 days, while the contract for the second phase of another 11 airports would take two years before completion. She explained that the projects were to be executed with a concessionary loan from China Nexim Bank in 22 years with 5 years moratorium at an interest rate of 2 per cent. Oduah added that mobilisation to site by the contractors was expected to commence in the next 90 days.

Meanwhile, the governor of Nasarawa State confirmed his plan to construct two new airports:

He said that the State Government would build a cargo airport in Karshi in the Karu Local Government Area of the state and an aerodrome in Lafia, the capital of the state. Al-Makura explained that the cargo airport would serve as the second runway for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja.

Construction work at Port Harcourt Airport (copyright Davey0911)

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17 responses to “Nigeria to build eleven new airport terminals”

  1. Anonymous says :

    Where are the details? Who are the consultants? Who will be the contractors? Nigerians being taken for a ride, as usual…with shabby “deals” lacking any transparency. Nothing ever changes in Nigeria. Prove us wrong, but I will not be holding my breath.

  2. Sami says :

    @anonymous, give the extremely low interest rates granted by China, I would think Chinese interests will be the engineers, consultants, contractors and project managers! Experience from elsewhere in Africa proves so…. but I agree design parameters and perspectives should be made public.

  3. LAF says :

    Budget: way too small!

    Lagos (contruction period:1974-1979) alone cost some N 74.6 b [Challenging site prep from swamp to stabilized ground,18R-36L, mods to 18L-36R, terminal + tower, cargo, new airfield and TWY plus support facilities. And that was with design alterations, among which the changing the D-pier from the initial domestic to international use. The dualization of the cross TWY was eventually left out of phase one probably due to cost constraints.

    Put in perspective, the N38 b coughed up for the first remodelling stint isn’t anywhere near the entire Lagos budget. So, how they’ll get this done to high standards with these numbers looks to be a tall order.

    No anti-China sentiment here, but it’s a the top Chinese airports are Western designed and engineered, not Chinese as there’s still that obvious quality gap.
    If our dear Foxtrot Golf arehasve decide to go the Chinese route like many African countries are doing, then preferrably tactically do this with other less major capital projects but not airports, at least for now.
    Look to the automotive and other manufcturing sectors for a better understanding of this.

    It’s not for nothing we don’t drive Chinese cars.

  4. LAF says :

    If that’s just for terminals alone, then we can assume that items such as:-.

    1. Aviation support buildings
    2. Airfield rehab, upgrades and expansion
    3. Utilities: energy, water, drainage, baggage handling and other systems, etc

    may come in a number of separate contract packages?

    Using some rough carpenter reasoning, in descending order, the busiest international ware expected to cost the most and have relatively higher trim levels.

    It’s hard to read with not much info available from the ministry. It could well be that a super deal was negotiated with the Chinese bank. Throw in the anticipated lower labour costs (Nigerian and Chinese not unlikely), then N106 b for this number of terminals makes a bit more sense. But still unsure about the order of magnitude, and expected a new build terminal around the size of the present MM to cost nothing less of triple digit million (Eur or $) 1XX-3XX,? hard to call.

    Just a bit wary of (Chinese) cheapness and would rather more were invested than too little or just enough.

    • LAF says :

      …and when considered from a historical perspective given the systematic neglect and underinvestment for the last 3 decades plus, you get a better picture of what’s still needed in investment terms.

  5. skywalker says :

    How ,much will it cost to fix the communication systems in Nigeria Airspace? All these “aviation illiterate” ministers want buildings the public can see and leave real engine of the system to rot. Check NAMA issued NOTAMS and see a lot of the navigation aids and air field lights are U/S (unserviceable). Lagos 18L runway has been without power for so long its now the norm. Air to ground Communication in Nigeria is filled with “say Again” or “your Unreadable”. Only God and NAMA know if we have Total Radar Coverage or Not.
    Nigeria “the more things Change, The more things remain the same”

  6. Waly O says :

    Gosh, no details regarding the break down of how the money is to be spent and yet already this much criticism!

    Are there no optimists left or @ least people who still have some faith left?

    Yes, we have been fooled so many times by previous ministers but for once this is one minister who is actually doing something. Time will tell if these projects will be completed or not but for once something is actually been done.

    Yes it is not to everyone’s satisfaction but I can’t remember the last time people have tried so hard to rub the minister’s name with mud. This usually means something is being done right and the usual pockets were not greased.

    Besides it’s not like any of you are doing anything about it, other than sitting @ home or work and complaining. If things are soooooooo bad, why don’t you get up and do something about it?

    All i’m saying is give the woman a chance, let her prove herself. For once, i’m not just hearing hot air exit an aviation minster’s mouth, it is actually being backed up by action.

    • LAF says :

      You need to place developments in context beyond the obvious evidence that things are being done and realize that the criticism isn’t so much as to what but how things are being done. And more so when more factors like international reputatation (we’re not in an isolated bubble, you know) are at stake. It won’t be if prestige and the need to do something is playing a role in all this. What’s worht doing is worth doing well, as if commonly said.

      And we’re not all sitting safe at home or in our offices doing armchair analyses.
      If you haven’t done so already, maybe take a trip to the ministry yourself,/book an appointment or send then any input by post or electronically which you feel may be of national benefit.

      All in all, there is immense room for improvement in planning, policy management approach especially with multidisciplinary, multi-actor projects of this nature and magnitude. This challenge has been identified and affect practically every sector including transport.

      Encouraging effort by the ministry, no doubt only they still need to up their game.

  7. Waly O says :

    I do agree that anything worth doing is worth doing well and yes there is major room for improvement.

    However, my point is the announcement has barely been made and yet the barrage of criticism follows. They haven’t even been giving a chance to explain in detail or to start….yet alone finish.

    My point essentially is for them to be given a chance to prove themselves, they seem to have started well and the effort so far surpasses previous administrations.

    Yes, internationally our aviation sector is still generally behind but the countries @ the front didn’t transform their sectors overnight. There is still a lot to be done and it will take time. However, for once we are moving in the right direction which is a good start.

    I am both an optimist and a realist. When I see a man who has fallen eventually trying to get up and walk after so many failed half hearted attempts, i’m not going to yell @ him because he didn’t get up straight away like people who are already up and walking. Rather I’d give him some encouragement.

    All the criticism that has been directed @ the aviation sector for the past 2 decades, what has it amounted to? These current folks are trying, I feel they should be encouraged rather than put down for their efforts.

    • LAF says :

      Encouragement hasn’t been in short supply, at least from the catalogue of effort put in getting across.

      The point is not but what was earlier mentioned in a comment last month about the need to outgrow/move away from the “culture of persons” and place heavier emphasis on an R & D culture and on good basic planning.

      Plans don’t necessarily have to be super deluxe / Rolls-Royce quality and as such inherently be able of transcend sitting administrations and achieve the continuity often missed.

      For reasons of balance, recent dramas such as the extended delays with the new Berlin aiport or the New Doha project in Qatar are not in any way automatically a reflection of the systems in place, but rather uncharacteristic glitches? Yes of course but they are none the less embarrassing and cases which they would like to correct and improve upon in the future. These are major landmark projects at that.

      So to conclude, it’s hopefully clear it’s not criticism of the sector or the minister as perceived but the system or structure if you like. To acknowledge their efforts without going off balance and doing the other Nigerian thing of tending to praise the house down at the slightest signs of steps being taken when we’re still at a guessing stage (and a lmost literally in the dark) as to the long term commitment of those plans. Also, with the deafening silence which is apparently the trend with the authorities, I think a platform such as this weblog is a welcome one as we wouldn’t have been here engaging if it didn’t exist.

      Thanks for the comments. Will push the “moderation” button and track developments as they unfold.

      • Waly O says :

        I can definitely see where you’re coming from and respect that for sure. Though I really do hope they are truly serious about transforming the aviation sector this time. Fingers crossed and a whole lot of praying.

    • LAF says :

      Just saw this update on Berlin, published yesterday. In effect a recovery operation and possibly lessons our folks can learn from.

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