FAAN: Motorists to pay for parking at Abuja airport
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has disclosed its plans to introduce a park and pay arrangement for motorists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja.
This was disclosed over the weekend by Kabir Mohammed, Abuja airport manager/regional general manager, north-central of FAAN while speaking with journalists.
Mohammed, who was deployed to the NAIA on March 10, 2022, said the move was aimed at bringing sanity to the airport and increasing the revenue of the federal government.
He said the new policy is expected to address the problems of touts who relentlessly harass and extort innocent drivers who bring in passengers at the airport.
“We will discourage that by introducing pay parking at the airport, so that all those littering at the airport with cars will stop,” the airport manager said.
Mohammed said that as part of the ongoing reorganisations at the airport, a task force had been inaugurated by the authority to curb the traffic jam at the toll gate of the Abuja airport.
According to him, members of the task force include himself, as well as heads of departments who will supervise activities at the toll gate daily to manage traffic into the airport.
He said rowdy taxi drivers and illegal businesses going on in front of the departure hall at the local wing of the airport would also be addressed.
Mohammed said the mosque at the airport is being relocated to an appropriate location, and local kiosks around the airport would be removed.
“We are ending the practice where cleaners, especially in the restrooms, harass passengers,” he added.
“Going forward, once a passenger is in the restroom, the cleaner leaves until the passenger is done, then he or she could return to clean again.
“A cleaner shouldn’t be opening toilet doors, turning on taps and serving tissue papers to passengers. Passengers know how to use those.
“We can’t get it right 100 per cent, but let there be some semblance of civility at the airport.”
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