Airport Power Outage: FAAN Restores Power, Activities Resume

lagos airportThe Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria [FAAN] has explained that disruption of flight operations due to power outage at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos has now been resolved.

The airport was without light for two days, on Saturday and Sunday following a power surge which damaged a major transformer at the airport.

But the General Manager, Public Relations, Mr. Yakubu Datti in a statement on Monday says repairs have been carried out on the transformer and light is now restored.

The Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos is the nation’s busiest airport for both local and international flights.

FAAN Apologises To Edo State Government Over Tax Dispute

The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has apologized to the Edo State government for the dispute at the Benin Airport yesterday.

The Managing Director of FAAN, Mr George Orisi said the dispute was regrettable and the misunderstanding was avoidable.

He also said he “was in the state to apologise for the misunderstanding and to ensure that such incidence is not repeated again”.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole said nothing in its actions suggests that the airport was targeted as the state had only embarked on enforcement of tax laws passed by the Federal Government.

He said his government is determined to enforce the tax laws because of his conviction to deliver on his electoral promises.

Earlier today, however, the Chairman of the Edo State Board of Internal Revenue, Mr. Oseni Elama revealed that 34 federal establishments were owing the state a total of N2 billion of unremitted Pay As You Earn (PAYE) taxes which accrued between 2009 and 2012.

Margaret Ekpo International Airport Designated For Cargo Perishable Initiative

The Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar, in Cross River State has been designated as one of the nation’s Agro-Perishable cargo airport in the country in line with the Aviation Ministers Cargo Perishable Initiative.

The Director Cargo Development, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Roland Ofule, disclosed this to the Acting governor of the state during a courtesy call at the governor’s office in Calabar.

Mr Ofule remarked that over the years, local farmers face the challenge of access to markets, reasoning that the initiative will allay their fears and encourage them to be more productive thereby boosting the economy of the state and nation at large and stressed on the need for farmers to be properly educated on this initiative.

The Acting governor of Cross River, Mr. Efiok Cobham appreciative of the choice of Calabar Airport for driving the Federal Governments transformation agenda.

He contended that, this would enable aircraft with bigger tonnage ply the airport without hitch as well as enable the airport function optimally to meet up its new status as a cargo airport.

At some farms, to find out farmers view about the initiative, it came to them as a surprise, after much explanations, it was glaring that they can’t wait to have all their farm produce especially the perishable ones being sold right there in their farms after cultivation.

FAAN commends Jonathan over removal of duties on air plane spare parts

The recent removal of tariff on airplane parts by the federal government has been described as a welcome development that will further boost investment in the aviation industry.

Speaking to Channels Television in Abuja, the Communications and Public Affairs Manager of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati says the action of the federal government will further encourage investors and also reduce the financial burden on airline passengers.

Mr. Yakubu further added that the challenge of security at the nation’s airports is being addressed with the re-modeling exercise embarked upon by the ministry of aviation and the new terminals being constructed.

President Goodluck Jonathan had in his budget proposal speech announced the removal of levies and import duties on spare parts of aero planes and other related materials.

 

Court to hear contempt charges against FAAN

A Federal High Court, Lagos has rejected a motion filed by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) seeking to stay proceedings on a contempt charge filed against its Managing Director, George Uriesi.

The trial judge, Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako in her ruling on the matter on Wednesday, refused the motion on the ground that the court is expected to guide its integrity jealously.

The judge, who adjourned further hearing on the contempt charges to 10th of May, however decided to take FAAN’s objection alongside the contempt charge at the next hearing.

Maevis Nigeria Limited had filed a suit against FAAN over alleged breach of contract for the provision of the Airport Operations Management System platform in four international airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt.

The court had ordered that parties should maintain status quo pending the determination of the case, but FAAN terminated the contract against the ruling of the court.

Following FAAN’s alleged disobedience of the court order, Maevis had through its lawyer, Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) filed a contempt proceeding against the management of the airport authority.

But FAAN’s counsel, Kola Awodein (SAN) prayed the court to stay further proceedings in the matter, as he had filed four separate appeals in respect of the matter.

Airport workers protest against Maevis

 The National Union of Air Transport Employees of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Tuesday staged a peaceful protest at the Muritala Muhammed international airport in Lagos to support the decision of the airport authority to terminate the concession contract with Maevis Nigeria Limited.

The deputy national president of the National Union of Air Transport Employees, Mr Aturu Samuelson said “due process should be followed in the award of contract not only in the aviation industry but in other sector.”

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 concession was recently terminated by the Managing Director of FAAN, George Uriesi, who 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).