FAAN disconnects NAMA over N500m electricity debt

By Chinelo Obogo

Officials the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) were at odds over the weekend over the supply of electricity to Kano Airport.

NAMA staff members, including air traffic controllers, were cut off from electricity supply for a 500 million naira debt owed to FAAN.

Airport manager Gambo Aboki said other agencies also affected by the disconnection have since paid and reconnected, insisting that if agencies and others refuse to pay for the electricity consumed, the FAAN would not be able to maintain its facilities.

“How will FAAN discharge its responsibilities if other agencies refuse to pay for services rendered? We are not Santa Claus, we need money to run our operations, we also have an obligation,” he said.

Responding to the development, the airport air traffic controllers association has revealed that it will shut down navigational aids in the Kano area if power is not restored.

“It is not a threat, but we must once and for all prevent FAAN’s intolerance and undignified approach to civil aviation safety standards and recommended practices.

“How can a sister agency under the same governance act as if there is no other internal authority or mechanism to adjudicate.

“Now he has disconnected NAMA facilities and its employees residing in the neighborhoods. As we speak, our people had been kept in perpetual darkness without any justification. If by Monday nothing is done to restore power, we will take action,” said an air traffic controller.

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