Airport Remodelling: FG Orders Contractors To Return N17.6bn

The federal government yesterday ordered contractors handling the remodelling of airports across the country, who failed to deliver their various remodelling projects, to return the funds they collected to government’s purse.

Aviation minister, Chief Osita Chidoka, who gave the directive, also offered reasons why the planned re-establishment of a national carrier for Nigeria had not seen the light of day since the liquidation of Nigeria Airways in 2003.

LEADERSHIP learnt that at the commencement of the exercise, the minister had taken $88 million from the Bilateral Air Service Agreements (BASA), deposited in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) as one of the signatories to the account.

A former supervising minister in the sector, Chief Samuel Ortom, had declared that former aviation minister, Princess Stella Oduah, left behind N174 billion debts from the remodelling exercise, an allegation Oduah had not debunked.

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