FAAN: 2012 Budget Stalled Lighting Of Runways At 22 Airports

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Murtala Muhamed Airport Runway
Murtala Muhamed Airport Runway

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said on Saturday that the delay in passing the 2012 Appropriation Bill had stalled the lighting of the runways at the nation’s 22 airports.

The Managing Director of FAAN, Mr George Uriesi, told newsmen in Ikeja that the contract for the project would be awarded as soon as money was released.

“We are going to fix the lighting in all the airports as soon as the budget is passed and money released for the project.

“It is shameful that there is no light on the runways; all the airports should have light and it will take time to be installed,’’ he said.

According to him, the lighting in one of the two runways at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, is functioning.

On security, Uriesi said that some sophisticated equipment would be acquired to further secure the airports.

He urged security agencies and other stakeholders to cooperate with FAAN to ensure maximum security at the airports.

The managing director said that the terminals at the airports would also be expanded to accommodate more passengers.

“We are re-modeling a number of the airports soon; we have abandoned the infrastructure at our airports for too long,” Uriesi said.

He described cargo operations as a significant revenue generating source, adding that the authority would tap into by improving available infrastructure at the cargo terminals.

The managing director said that bureaux de change offices operating at the car parks of the MMIA would be relocated.

“We will take them out as they pose serious threats to security,’’ he added.

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