The federal government on Thursday, March, 25, revealed that the aviation sector has gulped more than N100 billion in the last five years, which they said was used for airport equipment’s, staff training, emolument, as well as for finishing some projects which were abandoned by the last administration. The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika who was represented by the Minister of State for Science and Technology, Barr. Mohammed Abdullahi made this known during the 8th edition of the aviation workers week in Abuja themed; ‘The challenges of COVID-19 pandemic to the Nigerian Aviation industry: The path to recovery.’
On the amount invested in the aviation sector, the minister said: “The government deployed resources to equipping state governments through various interventions. From 2015 till date, the federal government has deployed over N100 billion to develop the aviation sector.
“When this government came on board in 2015, there were a number of airport projects that were abandoned, basically because of lack of funds and because of arguments over contractual obligations, so the government evaluated some of these challenges and committed funds towards that.
“The funds were used for airports upgrade, procurement of equipment, training of staff, settling of relevant emolument, navigation equipment, weather equipment, and so many others. So it was whole industry intervention.”