By Chinedu Eze
After many years of toying with the idea, the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has announced that it would soon start the removal of all abandoned aircraft from all airports in the country.
The authority also issued a one month ultimatum to the owners of the aircraft to remove them or face the wrath of the organization.
General Manager, Corporate Communication of the agency, Yakubu Dati, said that the exercise has become necessary because these aircraft constitute a serious safety hazard on the airside, apart from being an eyesore at these airports. He said some of these aircraft have been abandoned for upwards of 10 years.
“The Authority is constrained to embark on this removal exercise because owners of these abandoned aircraft have deliberately refused to remove them despite all efforts made by the Authority to make them do so, including meetings with the owners and publication of paid notices in various newspapers in the past five years,” Dati said.
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