President Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned the newly built international terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos on Tuesday in the bid to give a new travel experience for air passengers passing through the Lagos international airspace.
According to the president, the newly built terminal will create 3000 direct and indirect employment jobs for Nigerian youths.
“This improvement will increase airport operation and management services to about 14 million passengers per annum. With a positive multiplier effect by creating 3000 direct and indirect employment opportunities for our youth,” Buhari said.
The president also said the terminal will increase inflow of foreign direct investment and exponential growth in the Growth Domestic Product (GDP).
In a data released by the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Nigeria’s unemployment increased to 33.30 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2020 from 27.10 per cent in the second quarter of 2020.
The unemployment rate in the country is projected to trend around 32.00% in 2022 and 30.00% in 2023.
However, the president said his government has been “deliberate and consistent in identifying and investing in critical projects that will improve the standard of living of our people as well as contribute immensely to our growth and development of our nation.
“Our investment in inter-state railway connectivity, road network, agriculture, power and telecommunications, just to mention a few, have been unprecedented,” he said.