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FAAN set to eject customs agents from its premises

By on June 10, 2013

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) is set to eject customs agents operating in its premises at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos.

Mr Yabuku Dati, General Manager, Corporate Communications of FAAN, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday on telephone that the authority had constituted a task force to that effect.

He said that the authority would not rescind its decision to eject the cargo operators.

Dati recalled that FAAN in June 2012, suspended an eviction notice given to the customs agents.

He said that FAAN had agreed to relocate the agents, having realised the prominent roles they play in generating revenue for the government.

Dati said that the authority had also agreed to establish a cargo village for agents in the airport’s master plan.

He also said that FAAN was set to relocate all fuel tankers parked within the vicinity of the access gate of the Airport.

According to the general manager, the fuel tankers will be relocated to a safer location along the airport road.

“The present location does not only pose a security risk, but it impedes traffic during peak periods.

“Since we are in agreement with them and have had several meetings with them, the plan is still ongoing and we shall surely move them,” he said.

He explained that the plan to relocate the tankers followed a series of meetings with the stakeholders, including oil companies.

Dati, however, debunked the allegation that the Bureau de Change operators still operated at the car park of the MMIA.

He said that those of them operating legally were relocated to designated places, while the illegal ones were told to stop operation.