- The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) describes a video which showed flooding at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport as a misrepresentation of facts
- FAAN says the leaking roof was as a result of the on-going works at the MMIA, Lagos, and not due to deplorable condition of facilities at the airport
- The airports authority states that it is committed to ensuring that facilities at the nation’s airports are safe, secured, and improved
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has dismissed reports that a leaking roof at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, was as a result of the deplorable condition of facilities at the airport.
FAAN in a statement issued on Wednesday, June 28, said a video which showed flooding at the airport was a misrepresentation of facts.
The airports authority said the leaking roof was as a result of the on-going works at the MMIA, Lagos and not due to deplorable condition of facilities at the airport.
The statement by FAAN read in part: “Following this malicious video clip targeted to tarnish the Authority’s hard earned reputation; Management wishes to put the records straight, that the leaking roof was a result of the on-going works at the MMIA, Lagos. This upgrade is coming at the heels of the Executive Order issued recently by the Presidency aimed at “Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria”, and the Authority is doing everything possible to improve the quality of her services in line with the Order.
"Management in compliance with government policies has since initiated practical steps to improve on safety and security architecture of the nation’s premier airport and also improve comfort and passengers experience.
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"Consequently, upgrade of facilities is on-going in different areas at the International Terminal building of MMIA Lagos and as a result we are experiencing challenges as we have to keep up with our core operations going on while the upgrade continues.
"Sequel to this on-going works, we recently experienced some leakages from the roof at the “D Wing” of the Terminal of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, owing to a heavy rain accompanied by wind storm.
"This is directly connected to the civil engineering works going on at the roof top at that location, which temporarily interrupted our engineers who are replacing the old roof members with new ones at that instance. It was practically impossible to work at that location due to its altitude and slipperiness while the rains lasted, but work immediately resumed after the rain subsided, and the integrity of roof was restored."
Below is the video of the flood at the airport:
FAAN assured the public of that it would continue to ensure that facilities at the nation’s airports are safe, secured and improved.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has concluded plans to borrow $6.1 billion from Chinese Exim Bank to complete all rail projects in the country by 2019.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this on Monday March 27 in Abuja.
Premium Times reports that in a statement issued by Yetunde Sonaike, the Ministry’s Director of Public Relations, Mr Amaechi was said to have made this known during the Ministry’s 2017 budget proposal defence at the National Assembly in Abuja.
NAIJ.com gathered that Mr Amaechi said that the Federal Government had targeted the construction of Lagos – Ibadan, Kano – Kaduna rail projects and the first phase of the Coastal Rail (Lagos-Calabar) in the 2017 budget.
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