Exposed! How FAAN Spent N1billion On DTA, Air Tickets In One Year

By Chris Udochukwu Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo (SAN) has revealed how principal officers of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) spent one billion naira (N1billion) on Duty Tour Allowance (DTA) and air tickets alone. Keyamo who disclosed this via his X account while justifying the relocation of the corporate headquarters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) from Abuja to Lagos said: “When I did my Channels TV interview yesterday, I had not been briefed as to the amount FAAN spent last year alone on DTA (Duty Tour Allowance) for the principal officers who travelled back and forth from Lagos to Abuja almost on a daily basis. The amount came up to N493,678,620.37. This is aside from the air tickets which I mentioned that amounted to N451, 058,950.09. So, in total, because of insistence on naming Abuja as the headquarters of FAAN (when there are no offices in Abuja to accommodate all the principal officers) FAAN spent close to N1 billion in one year!

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Moving CBN And FAAN To Lagos In No Way Harms Arewa – Reno Replies Northern Youth

….Lists what should be of utmost concern to Arewa By Chris Udochukwu Reno Omokri, the Special Adviser on New Media to former President Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to the “protest threat” by the northern youth over moving specific departments of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, to Lagos, saying the movemwnt in no way harms Arewa politically or economically. This is also as he has stressed that what should be of utmost concern to Nigeria, and especially Arewa, is how to end banditry and kidnapping, ensure that Northerners do not have to pay astronomically more for fuel than Southerners, end or at least arrest the desertification of the core North, reduce the alarming rate of out of school children, get Internally Displaced Persons safely back to their cities, towns and villages, and see to a federal character in the civil service. Precise Post recalls that the pro-democracy northern organisation, under the auspices of Joint-Action Northern Youth Associations, has rejected the relocation of key departments of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the headquarters of …

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Reverse Relocation Of CBN Offices, FAAN Headquarters To Lagos – Northern Senators

By Ogehi, Okorie The Northern Senators Forum (NSF) has condemned the relocation of some departments in the Central Bank of Nigeria and the headquarters of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) from Abuja to Lagos State. The senators called on the federal government to consider reversal of the relocated departments or ready to face legal actions. Suleiman Kawu, the spokesperson of NSF, made the call in a statement on Monday. Precise Post recalls that the CBN in an internal memo last week, announced plans to transfer some of its departments to Lagos on the ground that its headquarters in Abuja is congested with staff. Similarly, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo also announced the relocation of the FAAN headquarters from Abuja to Lagos. Mr Kawu, a member of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), representing Kano South in the upper chamber, explained that the northerners are not satisfied with the relocation of the two federal government agencies to Lagos. He said the northern senators have started engaging with their colleagues from other geopolitical zones in order …

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FG Relocates FAAN Corporate Headquarters From Abuja to Lagos; Gives Reasons

By Chris Udochukwu The federal government has annonced the relocation of Corporate Headquarters of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) from Abuja to its original base, Lagos, where it has operated for decades until recently. The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo who gave the directive said the decision was the outcome of consultations by the new Management of FAAN with stakeholders, which also involved the Unions, and it was agreed that this was in the best interest of the Authority and the country at least for now. This was contained in a statement e-signed by the Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Obiageli Orah (Mrs.) released via it’s official X account @FAAN_Official. The statement which outlined the reason for the decision reads in full: The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria notes the inquiries some Nigerians have made regarding the directive of the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, @fkeyamo to relocate the corporate Headquarters of FAAN from Abuja to its original base, Lagos, where it has operated for decades until recently. FAAN wishes to inform Nigerians …

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Panic as thugs allegedly aided by police pull down Enugu airport fence

ENUGU- There was panic on Friday over the demolition of a perimeter fence belonging to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. It was learnt that the demolition, which was carried out by thugs, created tension among the residents of nearby estates, as well airport workers. A reliable source told our correspondent that a swift response by men of the Nigerian Air Force led to the arrest of some of the perpetrators. There was also confusion over claims that the men behind the demolition were escorted by the police and some unknown gunmen. This is not the first time the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, is coming under such attack. In August 2020, a similar act was carried out, a development that drew the ire of the then aviation minister, Hadi Sirika, as well as the immediate past Enugu Governor, Rt Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. Sirika, who stormed the airport then, vowed to apply all lawful means to prosecute one Arch. John J. Emejulu, who was said to be responsible for the destruction of the concrete perimeter fence, covering about 2km. About …

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My mission in FAAN— New MD

LAGOS- The new Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mrs Olubunmi Kuku, on Monday assured aviation sector stakeholders of excellent service delivery and blockage of waste in the agency. A statement on Monday by Mrs Faithful Hope-Ivbaze, Acting Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, quoted Kuku as saying this during a meeting in Lagos. Hope-Ivbaze said the meeting was with the agency’s top management after the new MD received handover notes of the previous leadership from the Legal Adviser/Secretary to the Board, Mrs Gold Iwinose. She said General Managers and Airport Managers from across the country were also present at the meeting. Kuku said her vision was to improve on the agency’s professionalism in enhancing user experience, passengers’ seamless facilitation, security, safety and standards. She promised to block leakages and improve Nigeria’s image. “Under my leadership, revenue generation will be optimised and waste will be eliminated as much as possible. “Staff welfare will also be a priority but I also expect the staff to be committed to put their best. “As every institution is only as powerful as …

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May 29: Foreign Guests, Others Arrive Abuja For Tinubu’s Inauguration

AHEAD of the inauguration of the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who takes over as Nigeria’s President on Monday, foreign guests and other dignitaries have started arriving at the Federal Capital Territory for the ceremony. Officials at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria confirmed on Saturday that the authority received a memo from the Federal Government on the expected arrival of presidents and other VIPs, who had started arriving at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. It was also gathered that though foreign nationals had started arriving at Abuja since Monday, the number of visitors coming through the international and presidential wings of the airport increased significantly on Saturday. A senior Canadian official told Sunday PUNCH that the country’s (Canada) delegation would enter Abuja Saturday night. It was gathered that the Canadian Government would be represented by the Minister of Housing, Diversity and Inclusion, Ahmed Hussen. Though the time of arrival of the United Kingdom delegation could not be ascertained, our correspondent learnt that the delegation might come in on Sunday. The UK delegation will be headed by the Prime Minister’s …

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Reopen Warri Airport – Reps Urge FG

By Ogechi Okorie Abuja (Precise Post) – House of Representatives on Tuesday urged the federal government through the ministry of aviation and other relevant ones to reopen Warri airport for full flight operations. The facility also named after Osubi where it is located in Okpe/Sapeie/vaie Federal constituency of Delta State was closed in February 2020. The call for its reopening followed a motion under matters of urgent public importance sponsored by the lawmaker representing the constituency in the House, Hon. Oberuakpefe Anthony Afe at Tuesday plenary. Moving the motion, Are recalled that “Warri airport also known as Osubi Airport is an important facility that was privately owned and operated by a shell. It is located at Osubi Community in Okpe Local Government Area which is under Okpe/Sapeie/vaie Federal constituency of Delta State.” Also read: Akwa Ibom govt to complete MRO facility February 2022It will also be recalled that Shell Petroleum Development Company built the Airport on its own and was commissioned on 15th April 1991, landing a modern Dornier 328 and Aero Contractors 50 Passenger Dash Aircraft reckoned to be …

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DSS Dismisses Report of Assault on FAAN Official

By Monday Ijeh Abuja (Precise Post) – The Department of State Services (DSS) had dismissed report of assault on an official of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) by its Head of Formation at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The Public Relations Officer of DSS, Dr Peter Afunanya, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja. He said that FAAN had also accused its official of breaching security protocol at the Airport, adding that it had not been established that any FAAN staff was assaulted. Afunanya said DSS personnel were well mannered and could not have slapped or fought a worker of another agency. He said the news, as reported in some sections of the media, had left an impression that was not factual. The public relations officer, therefore, called on the public to disregard the report. According to him, for the record, no DSS staff fought or engaged in any acts prejudicial to discipline or inimical to public safety at the airport under reference. “In line with its statutory duties, the Service recognises the Airports as …

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COVID-19: FAAN Gives Latest Update On Reopening Nigerian Airports

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), on Thursday, held a virtual meeting with the management of Munich International Airport, Germany, to share experiences and compare notes on the effects of COVID-19 lockdown on airports. Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, said in a statement that aim of the meeting was to assess the readiness of FAAN to gradually begin operations, following the Federal Government’s directive for reopening of the four regional airports on June 21.  The presentation via Skype simulated from Germany and England was tagged: “Rapid Aviation Plan”. Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, Managing Director of FAAN, said the authority was responding to the guidelines set by NCAA for gradual airport reopening and post COVID-19 operations.  “It is essential to also compare notes with other airports in the world. “This is to make sure we are on the right track and join the global industry in building back travel confidence,” he said. Yadudu said that Munich Airport had successfully reopened and recommenced domestic and international flights. “So, it is worth sharing their experiences with them.  “FAAN intends …

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Port Health Officials, Others on Ground as Air Peace Evacuates 301 Chinese From Nigeria

By Our Reporter Abuja (Precise Post) – The Regional Airport Manager, South West, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mrs. Victoria Shin-Aba has said that Port Health service official, FAAN, Nigeria Immigration Service and others were fully on ground as Nigeria major carrier, Air Peace on Thursday evacuated 301 Chinese from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos. According to Mrs. Victoria Shin-Aba, the flight: P47807 pushed back from the Echo terminal of MMIA at 21:40hrs with 325 souls onboard – 301 Chinese evacuees and 24 crewmembers. The evacuation which was arranged by the Chinese government took off about 10: 00 pm Nigerian time and arrived at about 1:15 pm Nigerian time on Friday. Precise Post recalls that the Nigeria carrier was also the airline that evacuated Israelis living in Nigeria late March and has been contacted by other countries for evacuation operations. Spokesman of the airline, Stanley Olisa confirmed the successful flight and said, Air Peace on Thursday, May 28, 2020, operated its second flight to China as “we evacuated 301 Chinese nationals back to their country. The flight …

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FAAN Denies Release of Guidelines for Flight Resumption

By Our Reporter Ikeja – Contrary to the news making rounds,   The post COVID-19 travel guidelines for air travellers is yet to be released, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said. The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, disclosed this in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday. She said: “Our attention has been drawn to a statement released by a certain Tayo Olu to the effect that the federal government, through FAAN has released a post-COVID-19 travel guideline for air travellers. “We want to state emphatically that although FAAN is carefully and seriously working on a guideline, the release did not emanate from us as it is still a work in progress.” Yakubu said, consequently, the authority would like to advise air travellers and the general public to disregard the speculation. She said at the appropriate time, FAAN would release the post COVID-19 travel guidelines via its official communication medium. Yakubu also said FAAN was committed to its core values of safety, security and comfort of passengers in the industry.

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Uber, Bolt, Others not Banned At Airports – FAAN

By Yunus Yusuf Lagos – The Management of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said it did not ban Uber, Bolt and others at Lagos and other airports in the country. Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, said in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday that the attention of FAAN was drawn to an online report, which she said was false. Yakubu said: “We will like to state with all emphasis that passengers and the general public are free to use whatever means or mode convenient to transport themselves to the Lagos and other airports in Nigeria. “We will, therefore, like to use this medium to inform the general public that the said signpost did not emanate from FAAN. “Our security personnel have been instructed to remove the signpost and investigate the issue.” (NAN)

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Enugu Airport Runway Rehabilitation Yet to Begin – FAAN

By Yunus Yusuf Lagos – The rehabilitation of the runway at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu is yet to begin one month after the airport was closed by the Federal Government. Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos. NAN reports that FAAN had on Aug. 24 announced the closure of the airport, which is the only international airport in the South East region, for the reconstruction of the runway. Yakubu said that the airport was closed due to safety concerns regarding its operations. “Work is yet to begin on the runway but it will soon, once the processes are concluded,” she said. NAN reports that following the closure of the airport, international flights run by Ethiopian Airlines have been diverted to Port Harcourt International Airport in Rivers. Similarly, domestic flights were diverted to Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri, Port Harcourt Airport and the Asaba Airport in Delta. The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika had in a meeting with South …

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Lagos-Ibadan Road Closure: FAAN Prepares Airports For Increased Passenger Traffic

By Yunus Yusuf Lagos – The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says airports in the country are ready to accommodate the expected increase in passenger traffic due to the partial closure of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, gave the assurance in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos. NAN reports that the Federal Government, had on Sept. 2, partially closed the road connecting Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, to other parts of the country to continue its construction. The situation, which had led to gridlock on the ever busy road, is expected to increase the demand for air travels, especially for business-minded persons. “You will recall that the Federal Government had earlier planned to close the Lagos-Ibadan expressway before the last Sallah break, but the date was shifted forward. “The extension gave us ample time to properly prepare for the expected increase in passenger traffic. “At Ibadan airport, we have have already put our facilities in very good shape to absorb the expected surge in passenger traffic. “From our …

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