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The Nigerian government has said it aims to construct 10 new airports across the country, an endeavor seeking to boost civil aviation in the most populous African country.

The move is part of the country’s development roadmap for the aviation industry launched in 2015, and currently being implemented, according to an official statement reaching Xinhua on Wednesday.

“So, we have about 10 new airports coming up, that is almost half the number of airports we used to have in Nigeria. We are adding 50 percent of the number of airports,” said the statement by Hadi Sirika, the aviation minister.

Sirika had earlier told a committee by the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday while defending the Ministry of Aviation’s 2021 budget, that civil aviation had witnessed growth, including an increase in the number of airports, since the time the roadmap was launched five years ago.

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