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Access Gate: FAAN rakes in N2.5m in 8 hours as Management finally terminates I-CUBE contract

FAAN resumes toll collection at the MMIA access gate

The Management of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has finally terminated the collection of revenue contract of i-CUBE West Africa Limited at the access gate of Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

This morning men of the police and Airforce were deployed to the area to ensure sanity after the clash between the contractor and the FAAN staff yesterday.

The Deputy National President, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, ATSSSAN, comrade Sarah Rimdans, who confirmed this said, the termination is with immediate effect
, contained in a letter made available to newsmen.

This development was  contained in a memo dated 4th February, 2020 signed by the Managing Director  of FAAN, Captain Rabiu Yadudu and addressed to the Managing Director of I-Cube.

The memo titled ” Re: Concession Agreement between FAAN and Messrs I-Cube West Africa Limited in respect of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Access Gate”, read:”We refer to the above mentioned Agreement which commenced on the 10th day of February 2014 and expired on the 9th February, 2019.

“Kindly be informed that the Authority has resolved to temporarily take over the management of the said Murtala Muhammed International Airport Access Gate with immediate effect to determine the actual revenue generated from the Access Gate. By this letter you are requested to vacate the premises immediately.

“This is to enable the Authority take appropriate decision on the management of the Access Gate”, Captain Yadudu concluded.

Comrade Rimdans said with the take over of the toll collection yesterday, it staff was able to rake in over N2.5m for the half day minus ticket sales.

She said on a full day, the collection should be up to N3m and with the number of cars that purchase stickers it should rake in more than a N100m.

“So per annum if we put all those monies together that’s why nobody that entered toll gate want to leave the toll gate because there is money making in this place.”

Comrade Rimdans stated that the contractor on a monthly basis pays N58m on the contract.

She insisted that the contract with I-CUBE was not terminated untimely but that the contract had expired since last year February.

“Well his contract as I-CUBE expired February of last year 2019, this is another February 2020 over a year, what is he doing that he could not renew the contract within the time frame of one year.”

On ensuring that money collected by the FAAN staff do not go into private pockets, comrade Rimdans said the collectors would be monitored closely to ascertain how much is collected on a daily basis.

Investigation revealed that i-CUBE three months ago wrote to the Management of FAAN for the renewal of the contract but their letter was never responded to till date.

It was alleged that another contractor has showed interest for the revenue point and currently being facilitated by someone from the Ministry of Aviation.

To pave way for the alleged new contract, the Management of FAAN is hinging the termination of the contract on its expiration while the unions are being used to fast track the process


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