By Lawani Mikairu
lagos—The headquarters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, was yesterday gutted by fire.
The fire, which affected more than four departments in the agency was said to have been caused by electrical sparks from one of the departments in the early hours of the morning as workers of the agency were resuming for work. The agency has immediately set up an investigative panel.
The fire which affected the audit, accounts , public affairs and the public reception centre crippled activities at the Murtala Muhammed Airport and caused massive traffic build-up along the Ikeja –Agege Motorway.
Reacting to the fire incidence, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu Ag General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, said; “ There was a fire incident at the headquarters in Lagos today April 11, 2017( yesterday). The incident, which affected some offices, is being investigated right now to find out the cause of the outbreak.
“The fire department, in collaboration with the Lagos State Fire Department and other security agencies however responded swiftly by curtailing the spread of the fire, as normalcy is being restored already.
“The Authority will like to assure travellers, airport users and the general public that the incident did not affect operations at the airport in any way as normal operations continue unhindered.”
Meanwhile, FAAN Managing Director, Saleh Dunoma yesterday set up an investigative panel to probe the immediate and remote cause of the inferno that affected the commercial department, Public Affairs, and Audit departments of the agency.
Dunoma while briefing the media on the extent of damage of the fire said the panel is composed of the Nigeria Police, official of Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Aviation Security, AvecSec, fire department, legal department, and Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB. The panel is to determine the cause of the fire and prevent future occurrence. It has two weeks to submit its findings.
On the extent of damage, he said normal official services will commence today ( Wednesday), at the headquarters as the premises was cordon off yesterday to prevent useful evidence from being tampered with. He further emphasized that only three departments were really affected by the fire and normal operations will resume Wednesday.