FAAN moves to check touting, bribery at airports

 

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has commenced the process of putting an end to touting, bribe collection and other vices at airports across the country.

FAAN’s Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu, said in a press statement on Sunday that the development was part of efforts to implement the executive order signed by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

According to the statement, the Managing Director of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, directed that officials of the agency should ensure full compliance with the order.

As part of the executive order, Osinbajo had directed that touting by official or unofficial persons must end at all the ports of entry to the country, and that on-duty staff must be properly identified by uniform and official cards, noting that off duty staff must stay away from the ports except with the express approval of the agency head.

The statement explained that the Acting President had also said that all non-official staff should be removed from the secured areas of airports and that any official caught soliciting or receiving bribes from passengers or other port users would be subjected to immediate removal from the post and would face disciplinary as well as criminal proceedings.

The FAAN boss, therefore, noted that the agency was set to implement full compliance, adding that the necessary machinery had been put in place to ensure a successful implementation of the order, which he would personally supervise.

The statement noted that the importance of the executive order cannot be overemphasised, especially “because it will strengthen the nation’s fight against terrorism, eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy that impedes business activities at our airports, improve safety, security and passenger facilitation within and around the airports.”

“Furthermore, Dunoma also urged passengers, airport users and the general public to cooperate with FAAN officials saddled to carry out this responsibility,” the statement added.