…accuses FAAN of inefficiency
By Ben Agande & Inalegwu Shaibu
ABUJAâ€”The Senate yesterday directed its Committee on Aviation to thoroughly investigate the circumstances leading to incessant power outage at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos and recommended appropriate sanction against those found to have been culpable for the prolonged power outage. This followed a motion by Senator Anyim Ude and eight other senators.
Senator Ude in the motion noted that Nigerians and non-Nigerian passengers alike were subjected to traumatic experience at the airport, following a four-hour darkness at both the arrival and departure halls of the nationâ€™s prime airport last Sunday.
According to the chairman of the Committee on Aviation, despite several prompting by the Senate urging the appropriate aviation agencies to live up to their responsibilities, â€˜none of the nine resolutions passed by the Senate has been implementedâ€™ He expressed concern that â€˜as a result of inefficiency and corruption, FAAN which has a potential to generate over N3 billion a month, can only generate a little over N1billion monthly and spends over N800 million on monthly salaries/wages leaving little for maintenance of facilitiesâ€™.
Senator Ude said the power outage was caused by â€˜burnt electric cables as a result of degradation due to age of the cables installed more than 32 years ago. The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has been unable to change the cables on grounds of lack of funds, in spite of warnings that such old wires may ignite fire or even cause deathâ€™.
The President of the Senate, Senator David Mark directed that the committee should carry out a comprehensive investigation on the failings of agencies in the aviation sector and report back to the senate within three weeks.