FAAN To Bar Illegal Taxi Cabs, Overhaul Operations At Abuja Airport.
Before the end of this month, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) will outlaw the operations of illegal car hire as part of new measures to overhaul procedures at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja in a bid to protect air passengers from harassment.
FAAN also relocate the mosque to an appropriate place while local kiosks around the airport will also give way.
The FAAN’s Airport Manager/Regional General Manager, North Central, Kabir Mohammed said in Abuja that the management of the airport had decided to stop the practice whereby taxi cabs come to the airport terminal building and harass passengers.
Also, he explained that the mosque at the airport would be relocated to an appropriate location, while local kiosks around the airport would be removed.
He said: “We will stop all forms of illegal activities and extortion. We are ending the practice where cleaners, especially in the restrooms harass passengers.
“Once a passenger is in the restroom, the cleaner leaves until the passenger is done, then he or she could return to clean again. A cleaner shouldn’t be opening toilet doors, turning on taps and serving tissue papers to passengers. Passengers know how to use them.
“We can’t get it right 100 per cent but let there be some semblance of civility at the airport.”
Also, Mohammed listed some of the innovations at the airport as including e-tags to ease traffic flow at the toll gate, ending touting and introducing pay-parking to stop crowded environments at the airport, among others.
He added that the new order at the airport would give a five-star experience to the airport users, stressing that: “Soon, we are changing the face of the Abuja airport. Coming into the airport before now, traffic would scare you but we have improved on the traffic flow,” he said, adding that e-tags will soon be introduced at the toll gate.
“We will discourage indiscriminate parking by introducing pay parking at the airport so that all those littering at the airport with cars will stop.”