The Federal Executive Council has approved the sum of N1.6bn for consultancy services for pre-contract services for the design and construction of a second runway at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, with a completion period of 12 months.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the third virtual meeting of the council presided over by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
He said, “Today in council, a memo from aviation (ministry) was considered and it is the consultancy services for the design and pre-contract services for the construction of a new runway here in Abuja. “The contract went to a consortium of consultants at a total contract sum of N1,659,592,908.78. This included 7.5 per cent of VAT also at an exchange rate of N360 to dollar and this was approved.”
Sirika added that the consortium of consultants comprised two international counterparts and one Nigerian. The minister said, “What I want you to assure the public is that a lot of work has been done in this procurement of consultancy services.