NCAA: We Will Offer Professional Guidance On Lekki Airport
In accordance with its regulations and in the interest of safety, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) says it will provide professional advice on the proposed Lekki airport in Lagos.
Mr Sam Adurogboye, NCAA’s General Manager, Public Affairs, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos.
Recall that Mr Ope George, the Special Adviser Lagos State Governor on Public Private Partnerships (PPP), expressed the state’s readiness to build a new airport on the Lekki axis on Thursday.
George revealed that the government of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had sought and received approval from the Federal Government for the construction of a new airport in Lagos.
He said that the project, expected to take off in 2023, would be constructed on 3,500 hectares of land.
Reacting to the development, Adurigboye assured that the aviation regulatory body would monitor the project from beginning to end when the time comes.
“NCAA is not opposed to developmental strides, and the initial approval comes from the Federal Ministry of Aviation, while 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, commenting on the state government’s plan, said Lagos deserved a second airport.
He, however, said that 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 that the state’s plan came to light during the tenure of former Lagos governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola.
The ART is a non-governmental organization established to advocate air safety and security in all areas of the aviation sector.