The Lagos State government on Tuesday officially received approval from the Federal Government for the construction of the Lekki International Airport at the Lekki-Epe axis of the state. It said that the new airport would be constructed on 3,500 hectares of land in the Lekki-Epe area.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, received the Federal Government’s instrument authorising the State to commence the airport project.
Sanwo-Olu described the approval as another “successful step forward” towards delivering his administration’s agenda of Greater Lagos and keeping the State on the path of irreversible economic prosperity.
The Governor said the development was a triumph for the vision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who initiated the Lagos Economic Summit where the idea of the airport started.
According to the governor, “The foundation of growth is building requisite infrastructure and creating platforms for businesses to thrive. This aviation infrastructure will reduce journey time and make commercial hubs in Lagos easily accessible.
“It would help investors to make best local and international business decisions, given all the investments that have been brought to the Lekki Free Trade Zone”, he said.
On his part, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said the project would transform the GDP of Lagos and create jobs for the national economy.
The Minister added the airport would complement the existing Murtala Muhammed International Airport whose operation is overstretched.