Construction of Lekki-Epe International Airport in Nigeria approved

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The construction of Lekki-Epe International Airport in the Lekki-Epe region of Lagos State has received approval from the federal government.

At the 9th Ehingbeti Lagos Economic Summit held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, the head of the Ministry of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, gave Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu a Letter of Approval for the development of the facility.

The state government has said that it would start building the airport on 3,500 hectares of land in 2023. It is anticipated that the new airport in Lekki-Epe will be built around the Lekki Free Zone (LFZ). I will thus make it easier for manufacturers and other business owners to export their goods.

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Lekki-Epe International Airport to help connect Lagos to the rest of the country and the continent

The minister of Aviation, Abubakar Sirika, added that the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Ikeja was currently congested and that Lagos State was highly important to the nation’s economy. Lagos, he continued, has the resources to support a second airport, which would relieve MMIA congestion.

Sirika said, “Lagos needs to be connected to the rest of the world because of its GDP, and housing market. As well as 25M residents spread across 5,377km2, including the Eko Atlantic, all its industries, tourist attractions, and so on. The best way to connect Lagos to the rest of the world is undoubtedly through infrastructure, particularly aviation.

Lagos is expanding at an amazing, enormous, and large rate. The concept is sound, and the economics is substantial. Therefore, you must continue to connect Lagos with Africa, the rest of Africa, and the rest of the world. You won’t make a mistake since aviation offers the possibility and uniqueness to connect markets, people, schools, and hospitals.”

Sanwo-Olu stated that the new airport in Lekki-Epe was about a collaboration between Lagos State and the federal government for the people’s benefit.

The governor said, “Given all the investment that has been made in that direction, this infrastructure will shorten travel times. As well as make Lagos easily and more accessible and enable people to make both local and international business decisions.”