The President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has sanctioned N92.123 billion for the construction of a second runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
According to Gistlover, the cash was agreed on Wednesday (today) during Buhari’s weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, told statehouse reporters shortly after the meeting at the presidential villa in Abuja that the total amount would be shared over a number of projects at the airport.
Gistlover understands that the enormous payment was approved just a day after a new terminal building at Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) was inaugurated.
Elsewhere, Gbenga Daniel, the former Governor of Ogun State, has given Nigerians advice on how to vote in the approaching 2023 elections.
He asked Nigerians to vote with their heads rather than their stomachs when casting their ballots.
According to Gistlover, the former governor addressed this during Freedom Online’s annual lecture in Lagos on Tuesday, titled “Nigeria’s political indices: Bright or dark future?”
He believes that questioning people running for political office in 2023 is the best way to bring the country forward.
Daniel stated that it is not enough for political aspirants to make promises but also reveal how they would be achieved.
He said: “The next election (2023) offers us an opportunity to rewrite the destiny of this country. The decision we make next year will be with us for arguably eight years. That’s long enough to make the country better or make it worse.
“We don’t need PowerPoint presentations and well-written manifestos that end up in the dustbin of history.
“We need leadership that, as they say in the mathematical parlance, ‘show workings.’ Anybody can write and make promises, but we have to be intentional in ensuring that we elect those who know how to bring to life these visions.
“If someone promises to create television, don’t just clap, ask the person questions on how he intends to do that.
“But again, we would have lost the morality to question our leaders properly if we continued to indulge in the menace threatening our democracy: vote-buying.”