FG renames aviation ministry, concessions Abuja, Kano airports

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the renaming of the Federal Ministry of Aviation to the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace of Nigeria.

The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents in Abuja on Wednesday on the outcome of FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said the alteration became expedient because it is on the exclusive list.

He maintained that the future of aviation had experienced an advancement such that aviation and aerospace were intertwined and Nigeria had the need to proactively set its policies to align with future occurrence.

The minister linked the development to the establishment of the African Aerospace and Aviation University in Abuja.

The council also approved the concessioning of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano.

Sirika also disclosed that the Abuja airport would be concessioned for 20 years, while that of Kano would be concessioned for 30 years.

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