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Airline operators advise govt on GAT handover

By Kenneth Ehigiator

LAGOS—The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), yesterday accused some officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), of instigating unions in the aviation industry against the handover of the General Aviation Terminal (GAT), of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

It also cautioned the Federal Government against allowing any particular airline of having its own terminal at the airport.

AON Secretary-General, Capt. Mohammed Joji, at a briefing said since an agreement had been signed with Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited by the government to build, operate and transfer the burnt domestic terminal of the airport, it should be allowed to take over the GAT, saying the agreement covered the terminal.

He said the unions were misled into believing that the company had cheated the government, whereas the document which officials of the Aviation Ministry and FAAN signed contained something contrary to that view. Some FAAN officials , he said, are instigating the unions for their own interests.

“Bi-Courtney is a Nigerian company which I think should be encouraged.  The company has used its money to put the new terminal in place without government contributing a Kobo.

If it is denied the GAT it may not be able to recoup its investments and its denial may send the wrong signal to the investing international community,” Joji said.


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