….Motorists heave a sigh of relief
Officers of the Police and the Airforce have been stationed at the Murtala Mohammed international airport Lagos access tollgate to ward off the warring parties in the management of the collection of tolls.
The security officers were deployed there this morning following the clash betweens staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN, Aviation unions and the contractor handling the collection of tolls at the access gate.
The deployment has not only ensure sanity to the area, it has also brought a sigh of relief to motorists using the tollgate as they pass freely without paying tolls.
With this development, both FAAN and the contractor are lossing revenue accruing to them.
Secretary General, Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals ANAP, Comrade Abdulrazak Saidu says the take over of the gate by security officers would not stop their insistence that the contractor be relieved of the contract since the contract had expired.
According to him, “the action we took yesterday the Minister of Aviation and the Management of FAAN are aware because we told them in a meeting we held with them last year that we do not want the contractor again, the money he is paying is too small, we want to review it. “
“The Unions will meet this morning, we cannot allow concessionaires to continue to milk FAAN dry with the token they pay as concession agreement.”
It will be recalled that the unions which comprised Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals ANAP, National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE and Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria ATSSSAN, yesterday chased out staff of the contractor, handling toll collections Intergrated Intelligent Imaging West Africa Limited (ICUBE) for the alleged contract expiration in February 2019.
Manager of the toll collection, Integrated Intelligent Imaging West Africa (ICUBE) Mr. Toluwaleke Abajingin yesterday expressed shock over the access gate take over in the early hours of Monday by the workers and their union leaders.
He told newsmen that the case was in court between one Rosepine Intergrated limited, FAAN and ICUBE.
The boss stated that, it had paid FAAN up to date and were never informed about any upward review of the contract or otherwise.