Aviation Union Cries Out, As Air Force Takes Over FAAN Land At Maiduguri Airport

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Constructs Structure On Agency Land Meant For Cargo Expansion

The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) has cried out over the encroachment on the land of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) at the Maiduguri Airport by the Nigeria Air Force (NAF).

A document obtained by AbelNewsng.com dated April 3, 2018, addressed to the Managing Director of FAAN, Engr. Saleh Dunoma with the reference number: NUATE.GS./MD.FAAN/ENP/0010-18, alleged that the staff headquarters of FAAN has been taken over by NAF personnel and that permanent structures are now being built on it.

The petition, which was signed by the General Secretary, NUATE, Mr. Olayinka Abioye and copied the Borno State Governor, Shehu of Borno, Borno State Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), NUATE President, Director of State Security Service (SSS), Minister of State for Aviation and Chief of Air Staff, Headquarters, stated that the action of NAF is contrary the recommendation of International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) on safety and standards.

The document alleged that the encroachment commenced on March 3, 2018 and that efforts to stop the military had proved abortive till date.

Presently, the statement alleged that NAF has taken over the large expanse of FAAN land at the airport and built its own permanent structure on the land while attempts to checkmate its activities by the FAAN’s management were rebuffed.

The petition added that the ongoing construction by NAF has blocked the only crash gate by the perimeter fence meant for escape route in case of fire outbreak at the airport through the quarters, stressing that this was contrary to the ICAO Annex 14 4.2.6.

“Moreover, in an event of any safety audit by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to Maiduguri Airport if eventually they discover some of the crash gates meant to reduce response time were permanently block, it’s not only going to be an embarrassment to Maiduguri Airport, but to the nation at large because it negates the standard and recommendation practices,” the petition reads in part.

It continued, “Secondly, all the pipelines laid for channeling water from the airport to the quarters pass the same of way of concern; any attempt to build on the pipeline will affect the water supply to the quarter community. Most if not all the electrical cables that transmit power from the airport to the quarters were laid underground and passes through the same area of encroachment, if a structure is allowed to be erected on it in event of electrical fault, how do you rectify the problem?

A source at the Maiduguri Airport, who spoke to AbelNewsng.com on the condition of anonymity, stated the massive buildings, which would serve as accommodation for NAF personnel had reached the lintel level.

The source further told AbelNewsng.com that the portion where the NAF is constructing its structure was meant for cargo expansion of the airport as mapped out in the master plan of the airport.

Attempt to reach the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu to speak on the issue proved abortive.



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