Huge debt accrued by Airport operators, FAAN threatens to sanction
Not less than 11 state and private-owned airports in Nigeria are reportedly sinking in huge debts and on the brink of getting sanctioned by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
A circular issued out yesterday by the FAAN‘s Credit Control Department read: “Following the notice of intention to sanction issued to owners/operators of private airports indebted to FAAN which lapses on Wednesday 24th April, 2019, FAAN hereby serves another seven days’ notice of grace till Tuesday April 30, 2019 for them to settle the debts.
“In view of the above, the authority hereby notifies private airport operators that the services of our aviation security as well as aerodrome rescue and firefighting personnel will no longer be available for operations of their airports with effect from Wednesday, May 1, 2019, as FAAN can no longer keep these personnel at airports without payment.”
Victor Attah International Airport in Akwa-Ibom, Jigawa State Airport and Taraba State Airport are among the airport operators owing FAAN, while Kebbi State Airport and Gombe State Airport are reportedly owing the airports authority a combined total of N731, 873,721.
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