Airport Car Hire Operators in Nigeria have vowed to take legal action against the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, if it should go ahead with its alleged plan to impose extra charges on them.
This was made known by Alhaji M. A. Yinusa, the Chairman Board of Trustees of the operators association at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja while speaking with newsmen weekend.
According to him, there is an alleged plan by the FAAN to charge each car hire operator 500 naira for each trip made from the airports to passengers destinations while they will also be made to pay toll fee into and out of the airports on every trip. This is in addition to the 25000 naira annual renewable registration fee currently charged the operators.
“We are already talking to them on this matter through our lawyers who have written to the management twice without any response and we know that the people are very crafty because it is in their character to ignore all entreaties in a matter like this and later come out to say a decision has been jointly taken by affected organization and it would not be reversible.’’ ’’But in this case, we are kicking against an additional levy coming from FAAN because we are not ready to pay anything outside what we are now paying as dues to them. We are also calling on the Federal Ministry of Aviation to prevail on FAAN to shelve such plan before it generates crisis,” he added.
Alhaji Yinusa who also spoke of alleged plans to commence the imposition of extra levies on car hire operators at the Port Harcourt Airport, noted that all its operators at the airport had been charged not to accept the execution of the FAAN plan.
“They said we are not recognized yet they are planning to impose charges on us but we are registered with the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and we deliberately refused to take the matter up with NUATE because it is still an allegation which FAAN has
declined to respond to in spite of our attempt to confirm it,”
He also disclosed that FAAN had concluded plans to compel car hire operators to replace their vehicles with new one if they were to continue their operations at the airports.