The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) has taken a swipe at the activities of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) operating at the nation’s airports with particular reference to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA).
This is just as the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) disclosed that it was currently processing six agency personnel that were caught extorting money from passengers at the airport.
FAAN also said that it would escalate this to the National Security Adviser (NSA) and initiate permanent ban on culprits to prevent them from ever working in any airport in the country.
These were revealed at the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat Training session on Promoting Ease of doing business and Customer Service for MDAs operating at the Airports (Front-line officers) held in MMIA Conference Centre Lagos.
Speaking at the event, Special Adviser to the President on the Ease of Doing Business, Dr. Jumoke Odulowe who spoke the mind of the Presidency over the series of viral videos that have trended over the social media warned that if the leaders of these agencies are not held responsible for their subordinate’s action, there may be a clean sweep as the inefficiency and corruption at the MMIA has reached alarming rate.
Speaking to uniformed personnel at the airport including FAAN AVSEC, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Quarantine, Odulowe described the MMIA as ‘no man’s land’ a place where officials do anything they liked without consequences.
Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer of FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, said that in view of the current ugly happenings, the agency would do a monthly compilation of violators and video clips or bank statement of the people that have been extorted or harassed for each agency and copy the National Security Adviser (NSA), PEBEC and the Minister of Aviation.
“In the light of all these videos, I called an emergency meeting and I said, if this continues and nothing is done, it means, MD FAAN and other agency heads themselves they are sharing the money if there is money, they are sharing the benefits if there are benefits, if things are happening and there is no reaction then there is a problem, somebody is getting it.
“The action we are taking now is if you are caught, MMA will write to the headquarters FAAN and we will compile and every month we will submit for each agency, their list of violators and video clips or bank statement of the people that have been extorted or harassed or other wise violated to their headquarters and copy the National Security Adviser (NSA) and copy PEBEC and copy the Minister of Aviation, that way agencies will be forcing themselves to say don’t embarrass us.
“We will enforce, discipline and we will not cover up, cover up is the biggest cause of the issues. Agencies want to cover their own, FAAN wants to cover its own, stakeholders and airlines want to cover that is why people who are doing minimal violations graduate, overtime and become emboldened. And others that are not doing it see that there is no advantage because the others have more money and more privileges and so they join.”
“In our own FAAN, among the people we caught, he is an AVSEC after we initiate his ban from airports permanently across Nigeria, you cannot work in any airport in Nigeria the agency has to replace you, it is a black mark. if we identify any bad egg, we will ban him for life take his ODC and nothing will happen. so is it worth it? Must it go to that length? No.
“Right now I have six people reported and submitted to me on Friday, different agencies, some are even collecting money and put it in the passport and then take it to another, the officer will look at it remove the money and give them back, I’m saying it now but we don’t want to be catching Nigerians,” Yadudu said.