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FAAN moves to end extortion at Nigeria airports

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The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN has put necessary measures in place to fish out and sanction those involved in the act of extortion of Nigerians at the various airports across the country.

The MD FAAN, Mr Kabir Mohammed  disclosed this when he received a delegation of the Abuja Transport and Aviation Correspondents, ATACA, led by the Vice Chairman Francisca Ogar at his office in Abuja on Tuesday.

The MD while reiterating FAANs commitment to a better travel experience for passengers said the measures put in place to curtail extortion at the airports is in the interest of the country and to maintain a good reputation in the global arena.

He said ” Because of the complaints on extortion by passengers especially in Lagos airport but it is not limited to Lagos alone,even in Abuja as airport manager I had to tackle some of those issues so what ever we want to do in Lagos by using the services of mystery passengers to help tackle that, as time goes on wherever we have the same issues we intend to use the same measure”.

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Mr Mohammed also said efforts are on the way to get the airport cooling systems to operate optimally, during this festive season and beyond.

According to him,” as much as it is coming very close to the festive season, probably the process we put in place did not get to start giving us results before this time but it is not just meant for the festive season, it is meant to go beyond that as our intention is to sustain it beyond the period”.

He called on passengers who have complains not to hesitate to call the numbers that have been put out by FAAN including his, saying steps will be taken to address every complaint promptly.

Responding, the Vice-chairman of ATACA commended the MD for his open door policy and readiness to engage the media.

She assured FAAN of the association’s willingness to partner FAAN in dissemination of timely and relevant information to the traveling public as well as contributing their quota to the growth of the aviation sector in Nigeria.

ATACA delegation had the secretary general Gabriel Agbeja; the Assistant secretary, Aminat Aminu of ROYAL NEWS; the treasurer Mr Saanyol Tyav; Ex-officio Chris Agabi; Amadin Uyi the Abuja Bureau Chief of News Central and Adeola Akinbobola of Blue Print Newspaper in attendance.

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