FAAN Insists They Have No Business Dealings With Rivers Government

The spokesman of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Yakubu Dati has responded to issues surrounding the private jet owned by the Rivers state governor Rotimi Amaechi, which was claimed to be grounded; stating that theyhave no business dealings with the Rivers state government because they are in talks with the owners of the plane, Bank of Salt Lake City, Utah.

While speaking on Channels Television’s Breakfast Show Sunrise Daily, Dati explained that the private plane applied to come into Nigeria from America and was given clearance on the 27th of March to leave on the 2nd of April; the application was made by the owners of the aircraft.

He added that it was wrong for a foreign registered aircraft to fly into the country and embark on domestic shuttles without notifying the aviation authorities.

Dati also said the authorities had no information that the Rivers government was operating on the said aircraft.

He said investigations show that the aircraft had flown to airports beyond Owerri and Akure that were not captured in the documentation they submitted while coming into the country even after the expiration of the permit.

Welders Caused Fire Outbreak At Murtala Muhammed International Airport

There has been a fire outbreak  on one of the construction site at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. The inferno occurred beside the ‘D’ wing extension of the airport.

A press statement by the Federal Airport of Nigeria (FAAN), stated that the inferno was as a result of activities of welders working on the construction site.

The inferno lasted for about 15 minutes and this led to an evacuation of the entire airport.

According to FAAN, “The fire was immediately brought under control following the prompt intervention of the Fire Service attached to the airport.”

It also stated that “There was no form of causalities.”

The incident caused the switching off, power supply at the airport, which was later  restored.

Normal activities have resumed at the airport as planes are taking off and landing without hitches.

Court summons FAAN’s boss for contempt

A Judge of the Federal High Court in Lagos has summoned the Managing Director of Federal Airport Authority (FAAN), George Uriesi to appear before it next week Wednesday to answer to criminal charges of contempt of court.

Presiding Judge, Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako ordered the summon at the continued hearing of a contempt proceedings instituted by Maevis Nigeria Limited against FAAN, for allegedly disobeying an earlier order of the court made on the 24th of September 2010, for the “maintenance of reason” in the dispute over the airports’ concession contract.

Maevis was engaged by FAAN as a concessionaire for the provision of the Airport Operations Management System (AOMS) platform in the nation’s four international airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port-Harcourt.

The Managing Director of FAAN had on Sunday, announced the revocation of the concession made to Maevis.

The FAAN/ Maevis AOMS project comprised the acquisition, installation, operation and management of world class Integrated Airport Operations Database (AODB), Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE), Computer Based Departure Control System Platform, Common Use Self Service (CUSS) Kiosk, Check-in desk and a fully automated Airport Pricing and Billing System (PBS).

At the resumed hearing of the case on Wednesday, counsel to Maevis, Professor Yemi Osinbajo informed the court that with the cancellation of the concession, FAAN “had engaged in serious and egregious actions which undermined the authority of the court, culminating in the displacement of Maevis and its staff from their offices at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikwe Aiport, Abuja”.

Prof Osinbanjo further argued that the act was done despite the fact that FAAN’s counsel, Mr. Kola Awodein (SAN) had in the hearing of the case on the 19th of May 2011 given an undertaking that his client would not infract upon the judge’s ruling.

In his response, Mr Awodein informed the Court of FAAN’s pending preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the Court to hear the committal application. He argued that the objection ought to be taken, prior to the hearing of the committal application.

But Professor Osinbajo objected to this line of argument, contending that contempt proceedings takes precedence over a challenge to the jurisdiction of the court.

In her ruling, Justice Murtala-Nyako emphasized that contempt proceedings are “quasi-criminal in nature and that all contemnors are supposed to be present in court.”

The judge subsequently ordered the management of FAAN, to appear before the court and adjourned till Wednesday, 4th April, for hearing of the contempt charge.