BY LAWANI MIKAIRU
LAGOS — The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, yesterday, denied the insinuation that the Federal High Court in Lagos had ruled that Bi Courtney Aviation Services should take over the Domestic terminal I, formerly known as the General Aviation Terminal, GAT, of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja.
Commenting on the court order, Mr. Yakubu Dati, said: “The story, which apparently emanated from a release by Bi Courtney, was false, misleading and mischievous as the learned judge, in his ruling did not mention or even imply in any way, that GAT would be taken over by Bi Courtney.
“It was only a figment of Bi Courtney’s imagination.
“The truth is that there are numerous cases between FAAN and Bi Courtney. The case in question was instituted by FAAN asking for some reliefs, one of which was that Bi Courtney be made to pay its accrued debts to FAAN, in compliance with the terms of the concession agreement, which the concessionaire had flouted at will.
“During the hearing, Bi Courtney’s lawyer raised the point that there was a clause in the concession agreement for alternate dispute resolution to resolve disputes in the agreement and that FAAN had not utilised and other alternative options for resolving the dispute before instituting the case.
“The judge, in his wisdom, agreed with Bi Courtney’s lawyer and asked the parties to go back and resolve the dispute, using the appropriate provisions in the agreement, failing which they should come back to the court.
“We hereby ask members of the public, especially aviation stakeholders, to discountenance that story as it is without foundation.”