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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on 17th May 2023 renamed the Ministry of Aviation as now Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace as disclosed by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, after the FEC meeting presided by President Muhammadu Buhari. Sirika stated that aviation and aerospace were interwoven and Nigeria had to be proactive in setting its policies to align with future occurrences, also noting that the change became necessary because aviation is on the exclusive list. The minister said the council also approved the concession of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and the Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano, according to him the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, had been concessioned to a consortium of private operators for the sum of $700m; while that of Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano was for $97.4m. He said the amount expected from the deal was almost the total amount of money spent by the government on remodeling the airports.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who briefed on behalf of his counterpart in Works and Housing and Police Affairs, said the council approved N36.2bn for the construction of federal secretariat complexes in Abia, Ebonyi, Kebbi, Kogi, and Taraba States.

He said N7.564bn was approved for Abia, N7.418bn for Ebonyi; N7.707bn for Kebbi; N6.204bn for Kogi, and N7.3bn for Taraba. He said the council also approved the sum of N15bn for the renovation of the Police Barracks located in Ikeja, Lagos.