The Lagos State Government has announced its readiness to commence the construction of a new airport on the Lekki axis of the state.
This was announced by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Private Partnerships (PPP), Mr. Ope George, while speaking at a media chat organized by the State Government held in Alausa, Ikeja on Thursday.
George disclosed that the government led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu sought and obtained approval from the Federal Government for the construction of the new airport in Lagos.
He said that the project, which is expected to start in 2023, will be built on 3,500 hectares of land, as the master plan and aeronautical designs are already available.
George also stated that studies are ongoing regarding strategies, funding, and other issues, after which the project will be brought to market.
The Special Adviser also said that the airport, which is expected to serve at least 5 million people every year, will be built with local and foreign investors.
What you should know
The construction of a new airport by the Lagos State Government has always started on the Lekki axis, which is one of the 4 important growth corridors of the state.
The Lekki axis has been host to many major development projects such as the Free Trade Zone, Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals, Dangote Fertilizer, the soon to be completed Lekki Deep Sea Port, some major industrial problems, among others.
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According to some earlier reports, the proposed Lekki Airport project is projected to cost about $450 million in its first phase and was originally planned to start operations in 2012.
The commencement of operations at the new airport is expected to help decongest the ever-busy Murtala Muhammed Airport in Ikeja, Lagos State.