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CCECC assures NASS of early delivery of NAIA’s new terminal

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The contractor handling the N61.2 billion ($200 million) Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport’s (NAIA), new terminal in Abuja, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) has assured lawmakers that it will be ready on or before February 2018.

The company told visiting National Assembly joint committee on aviation, who were on an oversight function that it has achieved well over 80 per cent completion of the project.

However, CCECC raised fresh concerns on shortage in power and water supply.

Business Hilights recalls that the new terminal is one of the four terminals for construction in the N153 billion ($500 million) loan deal between the Federal Government and CCECC in July 2014. However, delay in the payment of counterpart funding by Nigeria has stalled progress of the work with delay in completion date.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation and leader of the team, Adamu Aliero, said the joint committee is working with the Ministry of Aviation on ways to secure funds to ensure the terminal is delivered with all equipment in place.

On the CCECC Project Manager’s concern over power and water supply shortage, Aliero assured that the ministry of aviation is already aware of the challenge and working to resolve it.

NAIA is one of the listed federal airports slated for concession and there are indications that several investors are submitting their bids.

But analysts say there are fears and national security concerns as majority of international bidders and investors are coming from Middle East.

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