The government of Nigeria, through the Federal Executive Council (FEC), has approved the construction of New Wachakal Airport in Yobe state in the northeastern of the West African country.
The project was approved along with the provision of funding estimated at approximately US$ 15.3M for its implementation and another envelope of about US$ 530,000 that will be devoted to post-construction consultancy services. Contract for the execution of the latter has already been awarded to Kafe Engineering.
Source of the information
This information was disclosed by the Nigerian Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, in a briefing with State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting, which was chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“FEC has approved four memorandum for the Ministry of Aviation, one of which concerns the construction of Wachakal Airport in Yobe State. The second was a post-Consultancy Services for the construction of the same airport, Wachakal Airstrip, which is very close to Nguru in Yobe State,”
“The first Consultancy Services contract is given to Kafe Engineering. The cost of the contract includes seven and a half percent VAT,” explained the Aviation Minister.
A part of a larger project to double the number of Airports in Nigeria
The project is part of a gigantic government investment plan that aims to double the number of airports in the country, increasing them from 31 to 62 by 2023. Previously, the Federal Council had announced the development of 10 new airports during budget preparation, the fiscal year 2021.
“We found this airport and many others that are coming across the country very useful in our drive to develop the air transport sector, to ensure connectivity within our region and also to improve on our security architecture and attend to the various needs of civilization,” said Minister Sirika.