- Gombe and Kebbi airports are reportedly owing N732 million
- As a result of the debt, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has withdrawn its services
- Gombe airport is owing the authority N607.9 million while Kebbi airport is in debt of N124.5 million
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has withdrawn its aviation security and aerodrome rescue and fire fighting personnel from Gombe and Kebbi airports over N732 million indebtedness.
The general manager of corporate affairs, FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, May 2, in Lagos.
Yakubu said the withdrawal of FAAN services from both airports, which had technically grounded flight operations took effect from mid night of Wednesday, May 1.
According to FAAN, Gombe airport, which is owned by the Gombe state government, owes the authority N607.9 million, while Kebbi airport operated by the Kebbi state government owes FAAN N124.5 million.
FAAN, in a Notice To Airmen (NOTAM), earlier in April, had threatened to withdraw services from the airports and others indebted to the agency and had given them a deadline of April 30 to clear their outstanding debts.
It said: “The authority shall be constrained to commence the implementation of sanctions at the expiration of this notice If the organisations fail or refuse to pay up as advised.
“In view of the above, the authority hereby notifies private airport operators that the services of our Aviation Security and Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting personnel, will no longer be available for the operations of their airports with effect from May 1."
The agency had noted that it could no longer keep these personnel at the airports working without payment by the operators and owners.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the minister of state aviation, Hadi Sirika, urged the National Assembly to approve $461.8 million for additional work on the new terminals ongoing across the country.
Sirika made the request when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Aviation on Monday, March 25, in Abuja for his ministry’s budget defence.
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