President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday commissioned the new terminal of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
The president opened the new terminal at an event done at the new terminal.
Speaking during the event, President Buhari said his administration had promised that the new terminal would be completed before December 2018.
He commended Hadiri Sirika, the Minister of State for Aviation, and all those who played a role in the terminal’s construction for completing the projection within the scheduled time.
“You will recall that on the 25th October 2018, I commissioned Port Harcourt International Airport Terminal.
“During the event, the Honourable Minister of State (Aviation) stated that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Terminal, Abuja, would be completed and ready for commissioning before the end of the year.
“Today, that promise has been kept. I wish to commend the Honourable Minister and his team for a job well done,” the president said.
President Buhari stated that completion of the airport terminal demonstrated his administration’s commitment to improving the aviation sector in the country, adding that the country’s infrastructural deficit is gradually declining.
He said Federal Government would continue to provide the necessary backing for projects in the aviation which would, ultimately, boost the ranking of Nigerian airports globally.
He said: “This Administration recognises aviation as a catalyst for economic growth and as such will continue to encourage and support the actualisation of projects that will place Nigerian Airports amongst the best in the world.
“This event today reflects Government’s deliberate policy to sustain the development of Nigeria’s infrastructure.
“We are gradually closing the infrastructural deficit bedeviling our country.”
President Buhari also expressed delight that the Abuja Airport terminal was the first airport terminal to be connected to rail transport system in the country.