FAAN shuts down Kebbi airport for 33million naira debt – Business – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has concluded plans to halt operations at Kebbi Airport due to debt exceeding 33 million naira.
The Guardian has learned that the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) issued an airman advisory (NOTAM) to all airlines not to fly into the state-owned airport on Monday. at midnight.
FAAN sources also confirmed that from midnight Monday the agency will withdraw all fire departments and security personnel from the airport.
The Kebbi state government is believed to owe FAAN more than 33 million naira and has refused to pay since January this year despite a series of letters to the government.
“We are closing Kebbi airport on Monday at midnight, they are indebted to us and we have written so many letters to the governor and there has been no response and NAMA already issued a NOTAM yesterday to inform all airlines flying in the airport to keep off, ”said one of the sources.
A similar scenario occurred in 2019 when the state government rushed to pay after FAAN threatened to close Kebbi Airport for more than N 53 million.
Indeed, not all state-owned airports are viable despite the rush to build more. The Guardian reported earlier that at least 17 of the 20 federally owned and operated airports were unsustainable and were operating at a loss for three years on the rebound.
FAAN recently blamed unsustainable airports scattered across the country for their low income and lost revenue over the years, now exceeding 65 billion naira.
FAAN management, during its appearance before the House of Representatives Finance Committee in Abuja, reiterated that a total of 18 of the 22 airports under its operations are not viable.
With the exception of the trio of Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja and Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA), Rivers State, none of the other 17 airports does not have sufficient income to cover the cost of operations alone.
Investigations have shown that additional funding from excess revenues of the busy Lagos and Abuja airports to the tune of N26.1 billion cushioned operational cost shortfalls incurred by unsustainable airports in 2017, 2018 and 2019.