New P-Harcourt Airport Terminal In Line With My Promise – Buhari
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PORT HAR-COURT — PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, described the new International Terminal at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, as a landmark, saying it is in line with his promise of revamping Nigeria’s transport sector.
Buhari, before commissioning the new projects, also commended the people of the South-South geopolitical zone and airport users for their patience while the execution of the project lasted.
He said: “Recall that after opening the major airport terminals in the country in the late 70s and early 80s, not much was added to increase passenger handling capacity of these facilities by successive administrations.
“Following the large increase in national population with the consequent surge in air passenger traffic, the capacity of the airport terminals became inadequate to cater for the increase in passenger traffic.
“Though palliatives were periodically carried out, the facilities were fast giving in to wear and tear. It, therefore, became necessary to take decisive action to ensure our terminals meet minimum international standards for the traveling public.
“As part of the infrastructure renewal programme, construction of four new international terminals at Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt, and Kano airports was embarked upon by the Federal Government with a view to modernising the aging airport infrastructure and improve service delivery in tandem with best international practices.
“At the presentation of the 2017 Budget to the National Assembly, I promised to upgrade and develop Nigeria’s transport, power, and health infrastructure, and complete a number of stalled infrastructure projects.
“These include construction of new terminals at the country’s five major airports, numerous major road projects, key power transmission projects, and the completion of the Kaduna – Abuja as well as Itakpe to Warri Railway lines.
“Nigeria having an advantageous central location within the sub-region and our desire to develop into a regional air transportation hub must upgrade its facilities to take advantage of its assets. The recent decision by the Federal Government to remove Value Added Tax from domestic air transportation is in line with global best practices.”