FAAN, Julius Berger releases progress report on Abuja airport repairs

The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria and Julius Berger, the contractor handling the repair of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja runway, have said the work is 40 per cent completed.

The duo gave made this known in Abuja on Monday when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, led by its Chairman, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, inspected the project.

Yemi Ayelesan, the Resident Engineer, FAAN, told the committee that the hardest part of the work, which is mailing of the 3.6km runway, had been completed.

He explained that the laying of ‘’fibre glide rubber”, which prevents water from going deep underground and also prevent runway from cracking, has also been completed.

Ayelesan told the committee that the contractors are working to specifications and would deliver on schedule, expressing confidence that the six weeks period for reopening of the airport was feasible.

According to him, the contractors are working round the clock to ensure that they meet the deadline.

Ayelesan said the repair work was a total reconstruction and not partial rehabilitation, explaining that the entire runway had been excavated for laying of asphalt.

He said there were isolated areas that were so bad that required digging deeper beyond mailing and laying of asphalt, stating that the entire surface were mailed to a certain depth.

According to him, there is nothing like partial rehabilitation, even the taxi way is being repaired.

Ayelesan saidL “Laying asphalt does not take time; it is the easiest part of the work.

“The lighting system is the next step, and the cable can be fixed within two days.

“As things are now, we will start fixing the light cable on March 29.”

Dr. Lai’s Richter, the Project Manager, Julius Berger, said the work was being done in line with the programme of work.

Richter said the fixing of the lighting cable would commence on Wednesday, restating that the runway repairs would be completed the before April 19 deadline.

Onyejeocha said their visit was to seek explanation on the level of work so far in line with the project agreement.

She also raised concern as to whether the repair work was a total reconstruction or partial repair, urging the contractor to ensure the completion of the project as scheduled.

“We want them to know that Nigerians are concerned and that there should be no extension of the completion date based on the agreement that we have put in place,” she said.

The contractors have recorded progress within 19 days since the commencement of work.

The runway was shut on March 8 for six weeks for its total repair and Abuja flights diverted to Kaduna pending the completion of the repair work.

FAAN: Kaduna airport recorded 16,000 passengers in 5 days.

No fewer than 16,000 passengers were transported through the Kaduna International Airport (KIA) in the first five days of its replacement of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport (NAIA).

Ibrahim Bwala, head, corporate affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), disclosed this on Wednesday in Kaduna.

According to NAN, this data was recorded from March 8 to March 12 when flight operations switched from the NAIA to KIA.

Both domestic and international flights were shifted to Kaduna following the closure of the Abuja airport for the repair of its runway.

Bwala said that the airport successfully recorded 352 aircraft landings and departures from the domestic and international terminals within the period.

A breakdown showed that 7,230 passengers on domestic flights from different Nigerian cities arrived at the KIA, while 7, 726 passengers departed through the airport.

The airport made 162 landings, while 166 aircraft departed to various destinations within the country.

According to the data, 878 passengers arrived from and departed the airport to Ethiopia and Ghana through Ethiopian Airlines and Arik Air.

A breakdown showed that both airlines recorded 24 landings and departures within the period.

Bwala said other businesses had fully picked up at the airport, with taxi operators conveying passengers from the airport to their various destinations.


Source: The Cable

Controversy Trails Sale Of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Quarters At Ikeja GRA

Controversy is trailing the sale of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) staff quarters at the Government Reservation Area (GRA), Ikeja, Lagos.


Following the sale of the staff quarters, built on about two hectares of land, the management of FAAN in the first week of October issued all occupants a quit notice, which expires at the end of November. One of those affected by the notice is the Ag. Director of Administration of FAAN, Mr. Uthman; while no fewer than 25 other staff of the Authority are affected by the sale.


A source close to the agency told our correspondent that the staff quarters were sold about three months ago by the management, though without public bidding as required by law. The source alleged that the quarters might have been sold to some management staff, stressing that the sale contravened the public service rule.


It was also learnt that the agency may be planning to sell other quarters at Strabag Bus Stop within the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) precincts in Lagos. But the proposed sale of the Strabag quarters may not go down well with some top-level staff of the agency who have threatened to ignore any quit notice issued by the management.


Besides, it was gathered that some officials of FAAN who retired in the past 10 years still occupy the staff quarters at the airport, and have refused to quit despite entreaties to them by the management to do so.


The source said: “The sale of the staff quarters at Ikeja GRA is illegal because it was not advertised in the media by the management. FAAN has been in custody of the property for over 30 years.


“However, some of the staff that occupy the staff quarters at Strabag have refused to quit despite the fact that they are no longer in service. Some were retired from the system in the past 10 years, but are still occupying their quarters. For instance, one Engr. Alao who retired from FAAN about eight years ago has vowed not to quit until FAAN management regularises all the processes.”

The Ag. General Manager, Corporate Communications, FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, confirmed the development in a telephone conversation with our correspondent. She, however, said it was the Federal Government that sold the property and not FAAN as claimed.

She said: “It was not FAAN management that sold the property at GRA, but the Federal Government. The land belongs to the Federal Government and not FAAN. So, there is no way we can issue quit notice to occupants of the quarters without a directive from the Federal Government that owns the property in question.”

FAAN inaugurates new facilities at Lagos airport.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said it had inaugurated three ultra-modern carousels and conveyor belts at the D-Arrivals of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.


FAAN made this known in a statement by its Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, in Lagos on Wednesday.


The statement said that the carousels were inaugurated by Mr Ephraim Nwodo, General Manager, Mechanical, of the agency, adding that installing the facilities was in conformity with global trends and international best practices.


According to the organisation, the inauguration of these facilities will reduce delays and fast-track departure formalities of arriving passengers.


The statement said: “The facility is one of many projects embarked by the Federal Government to facilitate passengers’ facilitation at the airports.


“It is aimed at keeping pace with the growing traffic which has been on the increase since the commencement of the remodelling project, and the immense growth of the country as the fastest growing economy in Africa.


“The timing of this world class facility is in consonance with FAAN’s readiness to thrill her esteem airport users with a fascinating travel experience, especially with approaching yuletide usually associated with increased in-bound passengers and luggage.”


The organisation assured airport users of improved quality services in line with global best practices, saying it was not unmindful of the need to provide world-class facilities in spite of economic challenges facing the country.

FG Appoints 2 New Directors For FAAN

The Federal Government has appointed two new Directors for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

FAAN’s Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, in a statement on Tuesday, gave the names of the new appointees as Mrs Nike Aboderin and Mr Sadiku Rafindadi.

NAN reports that the government had recently sacked some of FAAN’s directors as part of efforts to restructure the agency.

Yakubu said that Aboderin was appointed Director of Finance and Accounts, while Rafindadi was appointed as Director of Commercial & Business Development.

She said: “Aboderin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (FCIB). She holds an M.Sc degree in Banking and Finance of the University of Lagos.

“Her over 23years experience in the financial services industry exposed her to both public and private exploits at different institutions including multinationals.

“She is an Advanced Management Programme (AMP) graduate of Lagos Business School and also holds a post graduate certificate in Global Strategic Management (GSM) of the Harvard Business School, Boston, USA.”

According to Yakubu, Aboderin is married and blessed with children.

She said that Rafindadi is a 1985 graduate of Economics of the University of Pittsburgh and also holds an MBA in Finance of Clark Atlanta University, USA.

“He attended Kaduna Polytechnic, where he obtained Certificates in Management Studies.

“Rafindadi is a seasoned amiable Manager who started his career as a young officer and rose to the pinnacle through diligence and commitment.

“Until his current appointment, he has worked in several Management capacities in different institutions, including, Phoenix Investment Services and British Petroleum.

“At the early stage of his career, he had a stint at the Ministry of Finance, Kaduna state, “she said.

According to the FAAN spokesperson, Ranfidadi is married and blessed with children.

Yakubu said the management and staff of FAAN looked forward to a good working relationship with the new appointees that would add value to the system.

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Just In: FAAN Sacks 12 Directors And Senior Managers.

Some 12 directors and general managers have been sacked and others demoted by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

News of the sanction has caused pandemonium and anxiety among members of staff.

A reliable source told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Lagos that majority of the directors were relieved of their duties while the general managers were demoted.

The source said some of the affected general managers, who were not properly placed in their appointments, were demoted from Grade Levels 17 and 16 to levels 10, 12 and 14 respectively.

The restructuring was done by the Ministry of Transport following the recommendations of the Presidential Committee chaired by the Head of Service, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Capt. Hadi Sirika, had said aviation agencies, particularly FAAN and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), were over-bloated

The committee, in its report, discovered that FAAN had no fewer than 40 general managers and 11 directorates created from existing directorates thereby raising overhead cost immensely.

Similarly, the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), had complained about the inappropriate placements.

They had alleged that some senior management personnel were appointed into sensitive positions through political connections without the prerequisite experience or qualifications.

They alleged that some personnel who were employed between 2012 and 2013 had just completed their National Youth Service between 2008 and 2010 but were given management positions.

FAAN woos cargo operators, others to Enugu Airport

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has urged airline operators, service providers and the business community to take advantage of the new freight opportunities now available at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

The authority’s invite is on the heels of international cargo operations that has since commenced at the Enugu airport with weekly flight by Ethiopian Airlines.

In a related development, the Managing Director (MD) of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, has urged workers in airports across the country to rededicate themselves to place FAAN at the highest pedestal and among organisations that have excelled against all odds.

Dunoma said that the new export window provides opportunities for start-ups and cargo related businesses especially in perishable and non perishable produce.

He said: “This will enable our people participate in the export market, earn foreign exchange and contribute to the GDP of the country,” adding that FAAN has put in place, processes and procedures to sustain its commitment to safety, security and passenger comfort.

Speaking at the 2016 annual performance review meeting of the directorate of commercial and business development held in Calabar, Cross Rivers State, the MD noted that the dwindling fortunes arising from the negative impact of the present economic realities is a wake-up call on all to respond to President Muhammed Buhari’s charge to “think outside the box”.

Dunoma said: “There must be a major paradigm shift in our business model. This will provide us the opportunity to collectively carry out a forensic audit of our activities, processes and values in the pursuit of our vision to be amongst the best airport groups in the world.”

He charged participants to evolve new and efficient measures to improve on non-aeronautical revenue sources while attaining best practices in service contract with its stakeholders.

“My expectation is that attention will be given to the critical areas of commercial operations targeted at the urgent optimisation of revenue performance, enhanced work processes, and substantial decline in revenue losses,” Dunoma said.

Acting Director of Commercial and Business Directorate, Tito Okpaise, said the retreat, with the theme, “Fortifying processes for sustained growth” was meant to renew commitment, determination and zeal of staff to deliver beyond expectations.

Reps To Investigate Activities Of NCAA, NAMA, FAAN

The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, mandated it’s Committee on Aviation to investigate activities of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Nigerian Airspace Management Authority (NAMA) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

The committee is to ascertain the extent to which the three organisations complied with their responsibilities of ensuring the airworthiness of aircraft operating within the country’s airspace.

The House also urged NAMA to ensure that there was regular update of weather conditions for the departure of airlines.

NAMA would also ensure that airline operators did not schedule flights when the weather was unsafe.

The resolutions by the House followed a motion by Rep. Sergius Ogun (Edo-PDP) which was unanimously adopted by members through a voice vote.

Moving the motion, Ogun said that with the regulatory agencies and the range of functions they were mandated to carry out, the frequency of air crashes in the country called to question the expertise and competence of these regulatory agencies.

He said “laws such as the Montreal Convention of 1999, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Act 2006 and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulation 2012 make ample provisions to compensate victims of air crashes for loss of lives and injuries, but such provisions are incapable of replacing the lost lives.

“If thorough investigation of the activities of airline operators is carried out to ascertain the airworthiness of aircraft operating in the country, it will help in no small measure to minimise the frequency of air crashes in the country.”

It would also improve the rating of the country’s aviation sector globally.



FAAN Begins Placement Of Successful 2015 Recruitment Candidates

The Management of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAA) has begun the issuance of Provisional Offer of Employment Letters to successful candidates of its 2015 recruitment exercise in batches, with effect from May 16.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Yakubu Dati, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, made available on Wednesday in Lagos.

The statement quoted Dati as saying that the first batch of successful candidates had been notified through text messages sent to their mobile phones.

According to him, they are expected to report to the Human Resources Department of FAAN from June 16, 2016 to Sept. 15, 2016 for medicals, background checks and induction training.

He said successful candidates were to come with their unique ID number, original certificates/credentials and other means of identification for screening.

He added that “candidates under the second and third batches will be communicated consequently.

“All applicants are advised to visit FAAN website regularly for further information.” (NAN)

FAAN Asks Public To Disregard Recruitment Rumour

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Sunday said that recent reports in some sections of the media that it was carrying out a recruitment exercise were false and misleading.



FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mr Yakubu Dati, in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, urged the public to disregard such recruitment rumour.



He said that the last recruitment exercise took place between March and May, 2015.


According to him, the exercise was to recruit officers into the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Service (ARFFS), Aviation Security (AVSEC) and Information Communication Technology departments.


He said that the departments had shortage of professional staff and the recruitment exercise was concluded in May 2015.


According to him, FAAN, at the appropriate time, will invite candidates successful in the exercise for mandatory training before deployment to various airports across the country.


“We wish to emphasise that no recruitment exercise is taking place in FAAN at the moment,” he said.



Dati said it had come to the organisation’s notice that fraudulent recruitment agents and questionable recruitment websites were deceiving people.


“In some cases, these people are duping unsuspecting applicants by giving out misleading information about an ongoing recruitment exercise in FAAN.


“Please, be informed that the only and authentic website that belongs to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria is www.faan.gov.ng,” he said.




Amaechi Orders FAAN To Erect Befitting Headquarters

Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, on Wednesday directed the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria to erect an appropriate and befitting headquarters within the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos for itself.

Mr. Amaechi, accompanied by the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, and some key management staff of the agency, gave the directive at the FAAN’s headquarters. He gave the order shortly before embarking on a tour of the airport’s facilities. He said the present FAAN’s headquarters was not a befitting office.

Mr. Amaechi, who expressed his discomfort with what he observed, wondered why FAAN, despite its huge revenue-profile, could not build a befitting office for itself since its establishment.

He said that safety was not negotiable and that it should not be toyed with, adding that after safety, the next thing that should be discussed and uppermost to FAAN should be an appropriate office space.

“From what I have observed, this is not a befitting edifice and office that should house FAAN workers. Once we have discussed safety, the next thing should be the construction of new FAAN office,” he said.

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FAAN, Aviation Unions Resolve Staff Welfare Dispute

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has agreed to increase allowances and claims of its workers.


This was disclosed by a communiqué signed by the management and leaders of three aviation unions in FAAN at the end of their meeting in Lagos.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a copy of the communiqué was made available to aviation correspondents in Lagos on Tuesday.


The unions, which signed the communique, are the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the National Union of Pensioners (NUP).


The communiqué was signed on behalf of FAAN by Mr Abraham Inajoh and Mr B.J Adeyemi, while the unions were represented by Mr Kehinde Rotimi (ATSSSAN), Mr Olayinka Abioye (NUATE) and Mr Emeka Njoku (NUP).


NAN recalls that the unions had threatened to go on strike if the organisation failed to address pressing issues affecting their members.


The communiqué said that FAAN had accepted to meet the workers’ demands by commencing the payment of furniture grants from January 2016.


According to the communiqué, the modalities for the payment of 27 per cent salary arrears will also be worked out before Dec.7.


On promotion, FAAN management promised to conclude all issues relating to promotion by Dec.17.


The communiqué said every qualified employee of the agency would be given opportunity to participate in the exercise which would be done strictly in accordance with the condition of service.


It said the meeting also resolved to evolve modalities for the payment of the accrued pension benefits from Pencom, while the unions would partner FAAN to recover all debts owed the organisation.


The communiqué also said that the management of FAAN and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority confirmed that Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited had not been given approval for regional operations.




Yuletide: Nigerian Police Force Deploys Bomb Detection Squad To Airports – FAAN

The Nigerian Police Force has deployed its Bomb Detection Unit to help beef up security at various airports in the country ahead of the forthcoming Christmas celebration.


A statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by Mr Yakubu Dati, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) General Manager, Corporate Affairs, said the deployment was part of the security and safety measures.


It said that the deployment of the police bomb detection unit to the airports was to complement the effort of FAAN’s security personnel at various security screening points to ensure a hitch-free celebration.


The statement quoted Dati as saying that necessary operational and security measures had been put in place at all the airports to ensure free flow of passengers and cargo during the yuletide.

“Passenger facilitation at all our airports has also been enhanced by the installation of more modern and bigger conveyor belts and metal walk-through detectors.

“The expansion and modernisation of all the airport terminals now provide better ambience and more space for restaurants at the terminals, as well as newly opened duty free shops,’’ Dati added.

According to him, this will help passengers to relax comfortably while waiting for their flights.

He stated that “the authority however advises air passengers to make early arrangements for their travels and to leave home early on their travel dates in order to complete their boarding facilities in good time.

“We wish all passengers safe and enjoyable yuletide celebrations.’’



Nigerian Airports To Become Africa’s Hub In 2016- FAAN

Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, says ongoing construction at five major international airports would make the country the hub of aviation in Africa, when completed in 2016.

This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday in Lagos after an Annual General Assembly Conference and Exhibition of the Airport Council International (ACI) in Panama.

It quoted the Managing Director of FAAN, Mr. Saleh Dunoma, as saying that the terminals which were being constructed by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) are in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port- Harcourt and Enugu.

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FAAN Issues 7-day Ultimatum To Debtor Airlines, Concessionaires

Taking a cue from the two weeks ultimatum issued debtor airlines recently by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN also issued a seven-day ultimatum to all its debtors.

The agency stated that the ultimatum was the Final Demand Notice, which would expire on Monday, August 24, 2015.

A statement by the spokesman of FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati stated that all affected debtors had earlier been communicated with details of their respective indebtedness to the agency.

Information gathered revealed that among the debtors were airlines, concessionaires and other service providers, at all airports across the country.

Dati did not however mention the amount involved, but a source close to FAAN said that the total debts may be around N22bn.

The source said the management had exhausted the entire avenues to recover the debts, adding that after the seven days ultimatum, the management might be forced to involve anti-graft agencies.

Dati emphasised that if the affected debtors where in doubt, they should liaise with the authority’s Credit Control Department at its headquarters in Lagos for reconciliation of their accounts within the period of the notice.

The statement added: “At the expiration of this notice, the authority would, pursuant to a Presidential directive, be compelled to take necessary measures to recover these debts. FAAN is self-sustaining and cannot meet its responsibilities within the burden of these huge debts.”

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Why We Beat FAAN Official Unconscious – Air Force Officers

The Nigerian Air Force on Wednesday said Muhammed Shuaibu suffered in the hands of four of its officers because he broke the rule.
Shuaibu, a Protocol Officer of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, was tortured by some officers of the air force at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, on Sunday.
But the Command Public Relations Officer, Logistics Command, NAF, Joel Abioye, said Shuaibu suffered for breaking the rule and seeking to use his position to outsmart the officers.
“The incident happened at the Departure wing of the International Airport, Ikeja, on Sunday when one Muhammed Shuaibu, a protcol officer with FAAN confronted our men on duty for challenging him for parking in a wrong place, thereby obstructing free flow of traffic.This same man had earlier been cautioned to stop allowing motorists park indiscriminately for security reason. He was instructed to move his vehicle to the designated car park at the airport.

“He, however, refused, claiming that he was a member of staff of FAAN. He is a protocol officer and I expect him to know better, considering the security challenges in the country.
“Shuaibu struggled with our men and acted violently in an attempt to retrieve the number plate of his vehicle that was removed, which is a usual practice to serve as deterrent to other motorists who park indiscriminately.
“Contrary to the report that he was beaten to a coma, it was in his attempt to retireve his number plate that he sustained injury in his nostrils. He was later taken to the 445 NAF Hospital, Ikeja, for medical treatment before he discharged himself on Monday.
“However, a thorough investigation will be carried out and if any of our men is found culpable, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against them as the Nigerian Air Force does not condone any act of indiscipline and brutalisation of innocent citizens.”
But Shuaibu, who spoke with PUNCH Metro on Wednesday, explained that it was not the first time that airport workers would be intimidated and beaten by the air force officers.
He said he wanted his attackers to be punished and his case to serve as a deterrent to other security officers who abuse the privilege of power.
Narrating the incident to our correspondent, the victim said his friend had come to the airport to pick him up when the air force officers on duty at the time removed the vehicle’s number plate.
He said when he challenged the four gun-wielding officers, they pounced on him, torturing him with their guns until he became unconscious.
 “It was on Sunday and a friend of mine came to pick me. Before he even got there, I was already waiting for him. As I got out, I discovered, the officers had removed his number plate. It was a common practice at the airport to extort strangers who did not know the rules.
“I went to meet them and identified myself as a FAAN official. But they said it was none of their business. I told the driver to let us go, that I would get it later. But he said he would not go because he could be arrested by the police.
“I went to meet them again and begged. They said if I didn’t leave the place, they would shoot me. One of them suddenly came from behind to attack me. He hit me with the butt of his gun and others joined him. They did not stop until I became unconscious.”
Shuaibu, who reportedly suffered internal bleeding, was later taken to the Aviation Clinic at FAAN headquarters, before being referred to the Air Force General Hospital on Monday after his condition worsened.
   A senior official of FAAN, who pleaded anonymity, condemned Shuaibu’s torture, saying brutality was never a way of enforcing the rule.
 “If people parked wrongly, their cars are deflated and they are made to pay a fine of N50, 000. Beating has never been part of enforcement. Removing of number plate has also never been part of the rule. The air force officials do it to extort money from people.”
Shuaibu appealed to the government to put an end to the assault, saying he wanted his case to be the end of such incidents.
“I appreciate the efforts of the media, but this is just a single case out of many others which never get any mention.“I have no plan to personally pursue a legal case, I am leaving everything to FAAN.
“But I want the government to intervene and let these assaults end with my experience.
“It has to stop and the only way to do that is to punish officers who attacked me.”

FG Sacks Finance Director Of FAAN Over “Appointment Irregularities”

The Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka has sacked the finance director at airspace regulator, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Tochukwu Bede Uchendu, over allegations of irregularities associated with his appointment as well as granting unapproved waivers to the tune of N1 billion.

Mr Uchendu’s sack was made pursuant to a petition by the Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) dated March 23, and addressed to the office of the Head of Service.

The unions had alleged that he is a serving director in a company with ties interestingly, by the minister – Consumer Investment Limited – and therefore, “it is obvious that he may not be able to discharge his duties without fear or favor as he would have to contend with conflict of interests because of his ownership as a board member of Consumer Investment Limited, a company which the wife of the minister is also a serving director.”

His sack which was contained in a letter dated April 27, 2015, and signed by the director of Human Resources, A. A. Tsafe, for the minister of aviation. It reads in part:

“I wish to refer to our letter reference number FMA/FAAN/7090/T2/105 dated March 13, 2015, on the above subject and regretfully inform you that the letter is hereby withdrawn pending the conclusion of the necessary due process on the matter. When that is concluded, FAAN, the appropriate authority, will issue you with a formal letter of appointment.

“We regretfully inform you that the letter (his appointment letter) is hereby withdrawn pending the conclusion of the necessary due process on the matter,” the ministry stated.

The letter directs Mr Tochukwu Uchendu to vacate the office until an inquiry is carried out and a formal letter of appointment issued to him.

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Arik Settles N4 Billion Debt To FAAN

Arik Air paid over N4 billion to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria for landing , parking fees, rent,

passenger service charge (PSC), and fuel surcharge last year.

The payments, it was gathered were made for the months of January, February, March , April, June , July, September and December last year.

The 4 bllion naira debt is contrary to claims by sources close to FAAN, which claimed that the carrier had not been paying its bills since it began operations eight years ago.

Investigations revealed that Arik Air in January last year paid N335,562,212.50; N318,575,022.50 in February and N327,359,180 in March.

In April, it paid N370,417,622.50 while in June same year , it paid N349,471,655. In July, the airline paid N315,530,737.50.

In September and December , it paid N344,486,305 and N477,232,605.50 respectively to the Federal government.

“ The total amount paid to FAAN in 2014 was N3,941,023,995. This is contrary to claims that the airline has not been paying its bills,”a source close to the carrier said on condition of anonymity.

FAAN according to investigations said the airline owes about N287,834,450.47 and $8,192.00 for its Abuja operations .

FAAN, in a letter endorsed by its Regional Manager, Abuja Airport Engineer O.O Osituyo to the Arik Arik Station Manager, Abuja put the debt accruing on the electronic platform hitherto operated by Maevis Limited at N470,338,773,68 and $1,748.90 respectively.

FAAN said the debts covered landing and parking fees, passenger service charge , rent , service recovery charge for operations at Abuja Airport.

Last week, officials of FAAN disrupted Arik Air’s operations at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

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FAAN Rewards Cleaner Who Returned Lost N12Million

Miss Josephine Agwu, an airport cleaner who found forgotten $28,000 and other foreign currencies totaling about N12m and refunded it to the owner, has been honored by the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Her employers have increased her salary from a paltry N7,800 to N15,000 per month. And in her words, “FAAN (Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria) said that they are going to give me automatic employment, but I have not heard from them till now.”

And she added: “On the part of my management, they are happy, all my supervisors. In short, they are doing good things for me. Now, they carry me like egg, even my MD.”

Miss Agwu, a cleaner with Patovilki, a concessionaire handling the cleaning of   the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos, found   the N12m while  cleaning a toilet near the screening point of the departure area of the airport,  and took it to the security post.

The owner later came and the security returned the money to the owner and disclosed how Miss Agwu found the money and brought it to them. After counting the money and it was complete the owner simply looked at Agwu and walked away. This was the third time she was returning lost bags containing huge sums of money.

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