FAAN, Yakubu Dati
The special task force set up by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to get rid of abandoned aircraft at the country’s airports is set to arrive Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja soon in continuation of its assignment.
This was disclosed by the General Manager, Corporate Communications of FAAN, Yakubu Dati, yesterday while answering questions from the crew of Political Platform, a programme on RayPower FM and monitored by our reporter.
Dati underscored the importance of removing such abandoned aircraft, and stated that the task force has been able to evacuate about 15 planes in Lagos, adding that the owners of those left had indicated interest in removing them.
“The task force is now going to move to Abuja, Benin, Kano and other towns to ensure that we clean the spaces, the runways and the terminals of abandoned aircraft.
“And then we are happy that Nigerians are stakeholders in healing this wound, because this has been on the drawing board for the past 20 years; it became almost impossible to effect, but with the support of the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, we are able to carry out this operation,” he declared.
The General Manager promised that the exercise would be sustained, adding that “certain measures are being taken to ensure that aircraft are not be abandoned.
“We are also mindful of the environmental problems some of these abandoned aircraft cause.
That is why we are working with the people from the Ministry of Environment to carry out environmental impact assessment to ensure that whatever we do is standardised and we will leave every facility at the tarmac better than we met it.”