Martha Momoh â€¨
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Wednesday continued the dismantling and evacuation of 60 abandoned aircraft within the airport premises.
This followed the expiration of the one week ultimatum it gave to the airline operators to remove their abandoned and unserviceable aircraft from the airport by the Task Force Committee.
Speaking to Mr. Bashir Haruna, a retired Wing Commander in the Nigerian Air Force and Logistic Officer of AAYU Steel at the airside of the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) where 13 aircraft were abandoned, he said that they were dismantling the aircraft into smaller parts which would be given to an aluminum company for recycling into producing roofing sheets, house hold materials and restaurants.
He said: “The dismantled parts have a lot of use in the small scale industries particularly those ones that are in the aluminum company and it will be used in producing roofing sheets, sliding doors and they can also be used as cyber café.”
Asked how many aircraft that would be dismantled and evacuated, Mr. Haruna said “We are going to dismantle 13 aircraft in Lagos and it will take us about 13 days in dismantling these aircraft which invariably is one per with our engineers on site.
But the Logistics officer of AAYU Still who is in charge of the removal operations said all is set to dismantle and recycle the aircrafts into various forms of metal.
He said it will take his men about 24 hours to reduce each of the aircraft valued at N80000 to rubble after which it will be moved to the recycling plant
Meanwhile, the dismantling and removal exercise which is handle by AAYU Still Nigeria Ltd commenced today with a hand full of engineers on site.
But the Logistics officer of AAYU Still who is in charge of the removal operations said all is set to dismantle and recycle the aircraft into various forms of metal.
He said it will take his men about 24 hour to reduce each of the crafts valued at N80,000 to rubble after which it will be moved to the recycling plant
The General Manager of Corporate Communications of FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Datti, said it was emphatic that none of the airlines had indicated interest of removing the aircraft during the seven days ultimatum.
He stressed that the evacuation of the aircraft was mandatory as it would help in preventing unforeseen dangers and the aircraft were serving as security threat to airport users across the country, affirming that FAAN was taking the measure to prevent such occurrences.
Mr. Dati further added that the agency was taking the first step in dismantling the aircraft, DC-8 which FAAN used for their fire drills, adding that other airlines should take a clue from FAAN in removing their abandoned aircraft.
Meanwhile, he recalled that FAAN’s Director of Airport Operations, Captain Henry Omoegwu, had warned that the aircraft which numbers up 13 in Lagos and about sixty nationwide constituted safety risks to passengers, aircraft and airport users, especially now that civil aviation was undergoing severe security challenges globally.