Trouble looms as FAAN threatens to withdraw services at airports

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Some private and state-owned airports in the country are owing the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) millions of naira. For this reason, the regulator is threatening to shut down its services at these airports unless the debts are paid on or before April 30th, 2019.

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According to a circular issued yesterday, FAAN‘s Credit Control Department gave the latest ultimatum after an earlier one was not heeded by the airports.

For years now, FAAN said it has been struggling to recover debts from the airports. Apparently, it can no longer remain patient.

“FOLLOWING THE NOTICE OF INTENTION TO SANCTION ISSUED TO OWNERS/OPERATORS OF PRIVATE AIRPORTS INDEBTED TO FAAN WHICH LAPSES ON WEDNESDAY 24TH APRIL, 2019, FAAN HEREBY SERVES ANOTHER SEVEN DAYS NOTICE OF GRACE  TILL TUESDAY APRIL  30, 2019 FOR THEM TO SETTLE THE DEBTS.

“IN VIEW OF THE ABOVE, THE AUTHORITY HEREBY NOTIFIES PRIVATE AIRPORT OPERATORS THAT THE SERVICES OF OUR AVIATION SECURITY AS WELL AS AERODROME RESCUE AND FIRE FIGHTING PERSONNEL WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE FOR OPERATIONS OF THEIR AIRPORTS WITH EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2019, AS FAAN CAN NO LONGER KEEP THESE PERSONNEL AT AIRPORTS WITHOUT PAYMENT.”

Here are the airports owing FAAN

A total of seven state-owned airports and two privately-owned ones are owing the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria millions of naira worth of debts.

These airports include:

  1. Jigawa State Airport
  2. Kebbi State Airport
  3. Gombe State Airport
  4. Victor Attah International Airport in Akwa Ibom State
  5. Bayelsa International Cargo Airport
  6. Taraba State Airport
  7. Delta State Airport
  8. Murtala Mohammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2)
  9. The Osubi Airport in Delta State.

Out of the nine, the Kebbi State Airport and Gombe State Airport are said to be owing FAAN a combined total of N731,873,721.