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Stop white elephant projects like airports – Senate to Governors

According to the Senate, certain airports being built by state governments around the country are ‘white elephant’ projects.

Senator Smart Adeyemi, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Aviation, stated this on Friday when he delivered his Committee’s 2022 report to the Senate Committee on Appropriations in Abuja.

He said that some of the state airports were unneeded, and that it would have been preferable if there had been airstrips.

“Functional airstrips are better operational in most states than airports costing N20 billion to build,” he added.

He said that several airstrips established between 40 and 50 years ago have been nominated for repair in the fiscal year 2022.

The eight Airstrips according to him are , Bida and Kotangora in Niger State , Mubi in Adamawa State, Zairia in Kaduna State, Uli – Okija in Anambra State , Ajaokuta in Kogi State, Irua in Edo State and Zuru in Kebbi State.

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The only viable airports, he said, are Lagos, which has 65% of passengers traffic, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano, other State Airports lack the required 500,000 to 1million passenger traffic on yearly basis.

“Infact, many of them cannot even record 100,000 passengers annually, not to mention a minimum of 500,000 by international standard.

“Governors should stop embarking on the white elephant projects called State Airport with attendant waste of resources that should be channeled into the welfare and livelihood of citizens.

“N20 billion being spent by some State governors on construction of Airports would have been better channeled into welfare – driven projects and programmes for people of the State .

“It takes N1 to N2 billion to contract a functional Airstrip where small Aircrafts like 50 – seaters can land.”

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