Nigeria has a new international airport capable of handling all types of aircraft and two and a half million passengers a year.
LV & GVs EXTERIORS New Murtala Muhammed airport Lagos (3 shots)
GV General Obasanjo motorcade arrives
SV General Olusegun Obasanjo steps out of car and walks into building
GV INTERIOR Crowd
CU & SVs General Obasanjo making speech. People listening and applauding (5 shots)
GV PAN FROM INTERIOR Airport TO General Obasanjo and officials walking through lounge
SV General Obasanjo cuts tape
SV PAN Goods conveyor belt in operation and p[arty inspecting airport
OBASANJO: "Only in a few areas of our national endeavour is the pressure for modernisation so intense today as in the aviation industry. Those in or familiar with the industry know that aviation is a growing, fast changing and...industry. It is an important and fundamental aspect of national development which no country can afford to ignore without the fear of consequences. Your excellency, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, for the greater progress of Nigeria, closer understanding between mankind and the glory of God. Thank you very much."
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Background: Nigeria has a new international airport capable of handling all types of aircraft and two and a half million passengers a year. The new Murtala Muhammed airport in the capital Lagos is part of a three hundred million naira (about two hundred and forty million pounds sterling)...airport development project.
SYNOPSIS: The airport is named in honour of former Nigerian Head of State, General Murtala Muhammed who was murdered in February, 1976.
The current Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo travelled to the airport last Thursday (15 March) to formally open the new runway and building complex. General Obasanjo praised the airport as a indication of Nigeria's self reliance in areas of high technology.
The international airport has a three thousand, a nine hundred metre long runway and has carrier space for twenty-five international airlines. It's equipped with four sophisticated landing systems and has its own ten thousand kilowatt power generating plant.
In opening the airport General Obasanjo claimed that international airline organisations imposed excessive charges on travellers from Europe to Africa, far higher than the charges on travellers enroute to Europe or American countries.