The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) will offer professional guidance on the proposed Lekki airport in Lagos, in line with its regulations as well in the interest of safety.
Its General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, stated this in an interview.
Also, the Special Adviser Lagos State Governor on Public Private Partnerships (PPP), Mr. Ope George, expressed the state’s readiness to construct a new airport on the Lekki axis.
George said the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led government had obtained approval from the Federal Government for the construction of the new airport.
He said the project, expected to take off next year, would be constructed on 3,500 hectares of land.
Adurogboye assured that the aviation regulatory body would monitor the project from beginning to end.
“NCAA is not opposed to developmental strides, and the initial approval comes from the Federal Ministry of Aviation, while the NCAA also gives its approval.
“We will also supervise it from beginning to the end and certify it okay before the usage of the airport,” he said.
Adurogboye said building an airport around the axis meant infrastructure development, which was good for the economy, the community, and the state where it is situated.
Meanwhile, an aviation expert, retired Group Capt. John Ojikutu said Lagos deserved a second airport. He, however, said the plan had been on for a long time and wondered why it was taking so long to begin it.
Ojikutu, who is the Secretary of Aviation Round Table (ART), said the state’s plan came to light during the tenure of former Lagos governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola.
Fashola was governor of Lagos State from 2007 to 2015.
Source: The Nation