Abuja - The Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, on Wednesday said that the aviation sector had created no fewer than 60,000 jobs in the last 12 months.
Maku said this while briefing State House Correspondents about the outcome of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, at the State House, Abuja.
He said that most part of the council meeting was devoted to review of the progress made in the last 12 months by Ministries of Aviation and that of Telecommunication Technology, respectively.
Maku said that in a power-point presentation by the Minister of Aviation, Ms Stella Oduah, the council was shown the progress made in the reconstruction of the local terminals of 11 airports across the country.
He added that the sector witnessed significant improvement in the installation of safety standard equipment, comparable to those in developed countries of the world.
He said that Oduah had also proposed the expansion of six new international airports in 2013, while
the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, would be made regional hubs of aviation in West Africa.
Maku said the plan to have a national carrier that would be private sector-driven was ongoing and special cargo terminals would be constructed in some states to promote the agriculture sector.
The Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson, also made a power-point presentation to the council on the ministry’s achievements in less than 18 months of its establishment.
Johnson said the ministry had shown commitment to the development of the broad-band technology to expand Internet and telephone services.
She said the ministry had developed programmes of access to computer by children, capacity building for civil servants in the field of technology as well as local content development.
She noted that the ministry contributed 5.7 per cent to the country’s GDP and enhanced job creation for youths.
She added that the ministry was developing e-governance platform through the establishment of ICT Contact Centre, where people could assess information on the country.