Aviation unions take over MMIA toll gate

MEMBERS of three aviation unions – Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP) – in the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)  on Monday took over the management of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Access  Toll Gate from the concessionaire –  Integrated Intelligent Imaging West Africa Limited (I-CUBE), whose agreement, they claimed, expired over a year ago.

The protesting workers, besieged the access gate as early as 7am and took over the control of ticketing points from I-CUBE managers.

The workers after dislodging I-CUBE staff, drafted staff of the commercial department to man the gates.

ANAP General Secretary, Comrade Abdulrasaq Saidu, said management of access gate remained the responsibility of commercial department of FAAN, adding that politicians had messed up the system through illegal concession of revenue points at the airports

Saidu alleged that the concession of the access gate was fraudulent without a review of the contract for more than five years, adding that the traffic on the route had greatly increased since the last exercise was carried out.

He accused some individuals in FAAN and the aviation ministry, claiming they compromised over the access gate saying that government was losing revenue from there.

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