FAAN TO WITHDRAW FIRE AND SECURITY SERVICES TO SOME AIPORTS….
Written by adebanke adekoya on September 6, 2019
REPORT BY NOSA AITUAMEN
Fire cover and security services by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, to some state owed and private airports in the country may soon be withdrawn over indebtedness.
The agency according to investigation by our correspondent revealed that FAAN has put machineries in motion to recover its debt running into millions of naira.
Most of the indebted airports are said to have failed to respond to the series of letters sent by the agency asking for their money while others who had signed a Memorandum of Understanding to pay in installments have been doing so without fail.
Gombe airport for instance is said to owe N35.7million while Asaba and Kebbi airports are paying their debts.
On the withdrawal of the services of FAAN from the Osubi airstrip inWarri Delta state for over 2 years for failure to pay up their debts, Secretary General, Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals, ANAP, Comrade Abdulrazak Saidu in a chat with newsmen in Lagos said the absence of FAAN security at the airstrip was a threat to national security.
He alleged that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, gave approval to the operator of the airstrip to provide fire cover and security for its facility.
Responding, Director, Aerodrome and Airspace Standards, Mr. Mohammed Odunowo denied the allegation, stressing that their primary duty was to ensure that safety and security standards were met as stipulated in NCAA regulations.
He stated that the airstrip was on their surveillance plan and regular audits were carried out as and when due.