Pros, drawbacks, and potential of the new Lekki airport for Lagos
The Lagos State Government has declared that it is prepared to build a new airport there.
Over five million people have been served by the domestic and international wings of the Murtala Muhammed airports up to this point.
On the “Island” section, the new airport will be located along the congested Lekki-Epe axis.
Jubril Gawat, the Governor of Babajide Sanwo-Senior Olu’s Special Assistant (SSA) for New Media, confirmed this on Friday in a string of tweets.
According to Gawat, who cited Ope George, Sanwo-special Olu’s adviser on public-private partnerships (PPPs), the project is scheduled to start in 2023 and be built on a 3,500 hectare plot of land.
According to Gawat, the Sanwo-Olu-led administration “has asked for and received federal government approval for the construction of the new airport in Lagos.
The project will be built on 3,500 hectares of land, and the master plan and aeronautical designs are already in place. Research is currently being done on strategies, funding, and other issues, after which the project will be put on the market.
The airport, which is anticipated to serve at least five million people annually, will be built in collaboration with both domestic and international investors, the special adviser added.
It is long overdue, a lawyer and business owner named Kwami Adadevoh told Daily Post. Long overdue, indeed.
Because the current airport is too small, Lagos does not receive enough air traffic for a city of its economic importance.
Imoh Umoren, a well-known filmmaker and frequent traveler, concurs with Adadevoh.
“I believe the new airport is a smart move.
“It will be simpler for people to fly in the equipment and personnel close to the industries to handle the growing travel population and with the industrialization of the Epe area,” Umoren said.
Is it possible that a new airport in the constantly congested region of Lagos State has drawbacks?
“I don’t yet see the drawback, but there might be less money coming in for the other airport,” Umoren added.
It “could cause vehicular traffic if the second access road into the Lekki peninsula is not finished on time,” Adadevoh cautioned, though.
Many have argued that instead of building a new airport, Sanwo-Olu should be finishing other tasks or resolving other issues in the State.
Decongesting Apapa, Umoren said. There needs to be a long-term answer to that.
“However, the airport is economically viable.”
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