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Corruption: Report airport officials requesting money – FAAN to passengers

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has called on air passengers to report any official from any agency that requests money under any guise.

It made the call in a statement on Sunday by its General Manager in charge of Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu.

As the nation’s airports begin to reopen gradually for flight operations, Yakubu urged passengers to desist from giving money to officials.

She informed passengers and other airport users that there was no aspect of FAAN services at the airports that was being paid for by cash.

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“Arriving passengers are expected to have gone through the COVID-19 test before boarding their flights from ports of departure, therefore, they should not pay any money whatsoever to any airport official for the purpose.

“All COVID-19 measures put in place at the airports are free for passengers and does not attract any charges,” the statement said.

The FAAN spokesperson noted that the authority was aware of the allegation that some airport officials in Abuja were collecting money from returning passengers on evacuation flights.

She stated that the claim was already being investigated by all agencies at the airport and appealed to passengers to always ensure adherence to all safety and security measures at the airports.

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According to Yakubu, FAAN remains committed to its core values of safety, security and comfort of air passengers at the airports.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic which left many Nigerians trapped in various parts of the world, the Nigerian Government has evacuated thousands of its citizens.

The evacuees were brought back from the United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, France, Egypt, and Lebanon, among other countries.

The latest of the evacuation was the return of 68 Nigerian girls and others who arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Sunday afternoon.


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News+: FAAN rises salary toll by 300%.

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has hiked the toll rate of pre-paid users accessing the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, by 300 per cent. The one-off yearly renewal that erstwhile cost N10, 000 per private vehicle, now costs N40, 000.

Meanwhile, the authority has paid workers on grade level eight and above half salary for the month of July, raising speculations that the management may have slashed salary of senior workers by 50 per cent.

The workers, who got paid some days ago, received half of their monthly salary, while the junior workers got their full remuneration. The authority, which caters for about 10000 workforce nationwide, has been cash-strapped since COVID-19 restricted both local and international commercial flights, with attendant revenue loss.

Operators at the airport and other regular users of the Lagos access toll plaza found that a section of the tolling has increased, while the regular pay-as-you-go booth rates remain the same.

A visit to Room 501 at the international terminal of the airport confirmed the development. An official of FAAN, saddled with the processing, Mrs. Musa, said N40, 000 was the new flat rate per vehicle, coupled with official letter of request from the company and details of the beneficiary vehicle.

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“All I can tell you is, that is the rate now,” she said. Recall that a coalition of unions – Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) – on February 4, 2020 took over the toll plaza, citing the expiration of Integrated Intelligent Imaging West Africa Limited’s (I-Cube) five-year contract since February 2019.

I-Cube had earlier collected N10, 000 for renewal and N15, 000 for new applicants, remitting N68m to FAAN every month. With FAAN directly collecting toll at the plaza, the unions lately pegged the monthly earnings of the facility at N100.

FAAN earlier raised Passenger Service Charge (PSC) by 100 per cent. The management, in a memo, notified airlines that effective August 1, 2020, PSC rate would increase from N1000 to N2000 for domestic flight passengers and from the former $50 to $100 for international travellers. With the prospect of rise in revenue, some FAAN workers were surprised last Wednesday to receive 50 per cent of their salaries for July without prior notice.

The FAAN management had in May hinted on the plan to half salary, as part of measures of coping with the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. Secretary General of ANAP, Abdulrazak Saidu, said the development was brought to their notice Wednesday night by affected staff. Saidu noted that staff on grade levels 1-7 received their full salaries, adding that the management had promised to pay others the 50 per cent balance next week. He, however, said they were displeased, as the management did not notify them of the plan before going ahead to execute it, adding that with the public holidays, there was nothing the unions could do than to wait till work resumes.
Saidu said: “Besides the economic constraints of the pandemic, FAAN management was insolvent, due to “the huge overhead of over N3b monthly for payment of salaries of staff and retirees.

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“The bill was jacked up last year with the employment of over 700 people into the aviation security and fire departments, as directed by the Ministry of Aviation. The FAAN work force was getting close to over 8,000-plus, which includes the current staff of about 5,000 and retirees, pensioners of over 4,000. The workers are so angry and asking why must FAAN be different? NAMA and NCAA have paid.”

The General Secretary, National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Ocheme Aba, said they were still in shock over the current action, as their members were agitated. He explained that FAAN management should have informed their branch chairmen about the decision, rather than pay before informing them.

“Last night, the information we heard was that they paid half salary because they didn’t want to delay payment, so that some people would have money for Salah and that they will pay the balance by Tuesday next week. That was the information that came from the Director of Finance.

“But they didn’t inform us earlier about it. I don’t just understand them. They were struggling to complete the money but it didn’t work, so they decided to pay 50 per cent. They should have informed us to avert misunderstanding. As I speak to you, because this information has not gone round, all FAAN branches nationwide are mobilising for shutdown next week. That is what would have happened because of lack of information,” Aba said.


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Storyline: FAAN raises fare charge by 100%

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said on Friday it would increase the passenger service charges on domestic and international flight tickets by 100 percent from August 1.

FAAN’s Managing Director, Rabiu Yadudu, stated this in a letter dated June 22, 2020, with reference FAAN/HQ/MD/18E/VOL.86/72, to airlines.

With this development, the PSC on domestic flights has been increased from the current N1,000 to N2,000.

FAAN would also hike the charges on international flights from $50 to $100, a development that would warrant a rise in airfares on local and international tickets.

Yadudu told the airlines that the decision had been approved by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.

He added that FAAN planned to improve and upgrade airports’ infrastructure across the country, among others.


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Crisis as FAAN takes over MMIA toll gate


A fresh crisis is brewing between the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and one of its biggest concessionaires I-cube Nigeria Limited over a contractual agreement leading to forceful take-over of the access toll gates of the airport linking the international wing of Lagos airport with Ikeja.


As early as 7 am, the unions in aviation like the Air Transport Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSAN), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) among others had taken over the money spinning revenue points of the toll gates, chased away workers of the firm in a Gestapo manner.

After chasing away I-Cube workers, the unions began toll collection from motorists which left many wondering what was happening as the exercise was conducted in a rowdy manner.


A union member told New Telegraph that the concession agreement for I-Cube expired since February 2019 adding that FAAN had decided not to renew the deal, stressing that another firm which had applied for the concession was granted the concession to manage the facility.

The unions said the agency needed to offer a better deal to new concessionaire to improve FAAN’s revenue base.

But in a swift reaction, a top official of I-Cube, who spoke to New Telegraph from Europe, said the firm had never defaulted in the remittance of money to the agency wondering why the airport authority violated agreements on how to terminate a firm’s business deal.

The source admitted that concession had elapsed adding that they applied for renewal which he said the agency claimed was studying it only to award the contract to another firm.


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FAAN takes over MMIA access toll gate from ICUBE


The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) workers on Monday took over the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Access Toll Gate from the Integrated Intelligent Imaging West Africa Ltd. (ICUBE) one year after expiration of the contract.

The workers in their hundreds, under the supervision of the four aviation unions, besieged the access gate as early as 7.00a.m on Monday and took over the control of ticketing points from ICUBE managers.


The workers after dislodging the ICUBE staff, drafted staff of the commercial department to man the gates.

Briefing newsmen, Mr Abdulrasaq Saidu, the General Secretary, Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP), who supervised the takeover, said that management of the access gate remained the sole responsibility of Commercial Department of FAAN.


Saidu alleged that some politicians had messed up the system through illegal concession of revenue points at the airports.

He said concession of the access gate was “fraudulent without a review of the contract for more than five years now”, adding that the traffic of the route had greatly increased since the last exercise was carried out.


Saidu also alleged that some individuals in FAAN and the Ministry of Aviation had compromised over the access gate, saying that government was losing revenue from there.

He explained that following series of meetings held with the Minister of Aviation and FAAN Managing Director at different occasions.


It was made known to them that workers were going to take over the access gate to raise its revenue.

Reacting, Mr Ahmadu Ilitrus, President, Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), said that the concessionaire agreement with FAAN expired 12 months ago, and the company had refused to leave the toll gate. N.Rs culled


Ilitrus said that the government had appointed a new concessionaire, but the company refused to hand over the toll gate to FAAN.

“FAAN is an employer, and when it decides to terminate and appoint another new concessionaire, then, the former one should have handed over.


“But, the former concessionaire refused to hand over after the appointment has been terminated, so what do you expect FAAN workers to do?

“That is why FAAN workers went to the toll gate this morning to take over the place and this is quite unfortunate.


“If the former concessionaire has dissatisfaction to the agreement that was initiated at the beginning, then, there are some ways of resolving it, but how can you hold on to the revenue point,” he asked.

Ilitrus noted that the protest was initiated by FAAN workers, but the unions only went there to ensure law and order in the taking over.


The union president said the concessionaire sometimes would approach FAAN that its workers were “stealing toll gate funds”.

Also, the Deputy National President of Air Transport, Mr Sarah Rimdams, said workers came to recover their revenue points to the government as the contract with ICUBE expired in February. 2019.


“We are at the access gate to test run this place to actually know how much can be generated monthly.

“This will definitely bring more revenue being remitted by the concessionaire to the FAAN account.


Reacting to the takeover, the Manager, ICUBE, Mr Toluwaleke Abajingin, told newsmen that he was surprised to see workers and unions taking over the access gate in the early hours of Monday.

Abajingin said the case was in court between Rosepine Intergrated Ltd., FAAN and ICUBE, adding that as a responsible organisation, ICUBE staff did not resist.

He said ICUBE had been paying FAAN up to date and that the company was never informed about any upward review of the contract or otherwise.

Abajingin said there was a first right of refusal, adding that FAAN had not communicated to ICUBE on the agreement.


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PH: FAAN reopens Airport less than 24-hours of closure


The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced the reopening of flight operations at the Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA) to the general public.

Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, of the FAAN, said on Sunday in Lagos that the airport was on Saturday night closed due to the fire incident.

FAAN had on Saturday night announced the temporary closure of Port Harcourt International Airport runway following a bush fire incident close to the area.


Yakubu said the airport was reopened less than 24 hours after it was closed for proper investigation on the incident.

She explained that the reopening followed a careful evaluation and mitigation of the impact of the bush fire earlier reported around the airport.

Yakubu further stated that the incident had caused the dissipation of smokes around the airside.

She, however, said FAAN remained committed to its core values of safety, security and comfort of its passengers and airport users.


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Just in – FAAN advises air travellers.

…Stop coming to the airport with groups of family and friends

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has advised air passengers against coming to the airport with groups of their family and friends.

A statement released by Mrs Henrietta Yakubu , General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, today December 18th, said VIPs, highly placed government officials, and other chiefs have also been advised to keep their protocol officials out of passengers processing zone in the arrival and departure terminals of the airports across the country.

According to Yakubu, this became necessary because these protocol officers, family and friends that escort travelers to the airport, obstruct the smooth processing of passengers by Immigration at these zones which has led to unnecessary delays. The statement aso adviced pasengers against coming to the airport with groups of family and friends. Read the statement below

“ In line with provisions of the Federal Government’s directive on the Ease of Doing Business, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has directed that apart from FAAN protocol services and the designated Ministry of Foreign Affairs Officers, no individual or agency is allowed to escort Passengers or Conduct any type of protocol activity after Immigration process for Departing Passengers, and before immigration process for arriving Passengers at the Airports.

Consequently, in the interest of our common Safety and Comfort, all Passengers, agencies, and other stakeholders are requested to kindly align their airport activities accordingly. In a similar vein, passengers are also advised to please kindly desist from coming to the airports with groups of friends and relatives. This is aimed at enhancing the Safety, Comfort, and efficient facilitation of human and vehicular traffic at the airports” the statement read

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FAAN Nays Banning Uber, Bolt, Others From Lagos Airport.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN has dissmised reports it has banned car hailing apps from driving into any of the airports across the country.

FAAN denies banning Uber, Bolt and others from Lagos airport

There were reports online recently that the agency had banned Uber, Bolt and other car hailing apps from plying roads within airports. The claim was backed up by the photo above showing some men mounting a signpost with the notice of the ban.

FAAN in a statement released and signed by its General Manager Corportae Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu, said the signpost being shared online did not emanate from its office. The agency said Nigerians are free to use whatever mode of transportation they feel like using to transport themselves to the airport.

Read the statement below

FAAN denies banning Uber, Bolt and others from Lagos airport

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Security personnels have been deployed to katsina airport and other airports – FAAN.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria on Saturday confirmed the deployment of security personnel to Katsina airport and other airports across the country.

Although it was silent on the number of personnel deployed to the Katsina airport, it said the total number of FAAN Aviation Security officers deployed to Nigeria’s 22 airports under the authority’s management was over 700.

An online media report on Saturday claimed that 120 personnel were deployed to the Katsina airport alone.

But the spokesperson of FAAN, Henriatta Yakubu, said the authority deployed personnel based on the needs of each airport.

“The deployment was based on the need of each particular airport and I can’t give or confirm the numbers deployed to each airport right now,” she told our correspondent.

In September, Media reported that in a bid to boost security at Nigerian airports, the Federal Government through FAAN trained and deployed 727 Aviation Security and firefighting officers to airports.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said the Federal Government would continue to improve on safety and security at the nation’s airports through training and capacity development of staff, in line with the provisions of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

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