We’re Working To Fix Four Decades Of Rots In Nigerian Airports – MD FAAN - INDEPENDENT
JUNE 10, 2022
LAGOS – The management of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has been working to fix over 40 years of abandonment and lack of investments in the country’s airports, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, its Managing Director has said.
Yadudu who was appointed about three years ago as the Chief Executive of the agency, in an interaction with aviation journalists over the weekend, lamented the huge rots in infrastructure in the country’s airports, but assured that the management had been working to improve the system.
Yadudu explained that one major legacy he would like to live behind is better airport environments for all users.
In the last three years, FAAN had embarked on major repair of ageing equipment and components from the abandoned runway and airfield lighting at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos and other aerodromes in the country.
He decried that some of the facilities at most of the airports were last replaced between 1980 and 1985, wondering how such equipment could function till date.
He said: “Some of the equipment we have are ageing. Some of them are even 40 years and above. As the current management in FAAN, we want to make sure that anybody who comes as the next Managing Director of FAAN, we want to make their job easier. We are going out of our way to make sure we do our own.
“Now, we are fixing the 18L in Lagos airport. You cannot land on 18L at night; now the contractor is back. He was supposed to finish in March, but the cables he had were of low qualities and we are insisting on original ones. So, he said he will fix it by June or latest July.
“So, after nine years, we are fixing some of these things that were abandoned and we are also starting new ones, including baggage handling, the central cooling system and others. We contacted the airfield lighting company in Europe to fix the new ones, overhaul the whole airfield lighting system, there was no overhaul in 42 years. That is also in the process. We are fixing things so that those that come after us will get things easier.
“Within the last three years, we have embarked on major repair of ageing equipment and components. I gave you an example in Lagos; abandoned runway and airfield lighting. Also, the key elements at MMA and any other airports that were old, but now, we are replacing them. Some were last replaced in either 1980 or 1985.”