FAAN Restates Commitment To Safe,Secure, Improved Passenger Experience At Airports
…Says Leakage Caused By Ongoing Works At The Terminal
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has restated that the agency was committed to providing safe,secure and improved passengers experience at airport across the country.
FAAN reiterated this following a report that a leaking roof at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammad Airport (MMIA), Lagos, was as a result of “the deplorable condition of facilities” at the Airport.
Speaking on the report, the Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs,FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu , pointed out that the report which was capable of creating fear in the mind of intending passengers, was not based on assessment of the said facility by the reporters.
- Men at Work at MMIA,Lagos
She added that this is more so because the reporters could easily have cross-checked their facts with the agency’s Corporate Affairs Department before going public with such a sensitive issue.
She further stated that the malicious video clip,which was targeted to tarnish the authority’s hard earned reputation, adding that to put the records straight, the licking roof was a result of the on-going works at the international wing of the Lagos Airport.
According to her, “This upgrade is coming at the heels of the Executive Order issued recently by the Presidency aimed at “Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria”, and the authority is doing everything possible to improve the quality of her services in line with the Order.”
“Management in compliance with government policies has since initiated practical steps to improve on safety and security architecture of the nation’s premier airport and also improve comfort and passengers experience,”she added.
Yakubu stated in the statement that upgrade of facilities was on-going in different areas at the international terminal building of MMIA Lagos and that as a result the agency was experiencing challenges as it had to keep up with its core operations going on while the upgrade continues.
She added, “sequel to this on-going works, we recently experienced some leakages from the roof at the “D Wing” of the Terminal of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, owing to a heavy rain accompanied by wind storm. This is directly connected to the civil engineering works going on at the roof top at that location, which temporarily interrupted our engineers who are replacing the old roof members with new ones at that instance. It was practically impossible to work at that location due to its altitude and slipperiness while the rains lasted, but work immediately resumed after the rain subsided and the integrity of roof was restored.”
On whether the defect is affecting FAAN’s operation at the airport, She said,“We want to state clearly that this defect did not affect operations in any way or at any time at the Terminal.”
She assured passengers, airport users and the general public of FAAN’s commitment to a safe, secure and improved facilitation at the nation’s airports.