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FAAN Director urges media to promote Nigerian airports, encourage Passengers, Cargo patronage

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From left: Deputy General Manager (DGM), Public Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN), Mrs Ijeoma Nwosu-Igbo; Director, Public Affairs & Consumer Protection, FAAN, Mallam Abdulahi Yakubu-Funtua; Chairman, League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents, (LAAC), Mr Olusegun Koiki and, Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr Ekpe Nta Bassey, during a courtesy visit to the LAAC. Photo by Sunday Eshiet

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN has called on the media to partner with them to positively project the image Nigerian airports and the country.

The Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection Abdullahi Yakubu-Funtua in a chat with Aviation Correspondents in Lagos said, the media has a huge role to play in encouraging the private investors both local and foreign to invest in the development of its infrastructure to further stimulate activities in the industry.

While thanking the media for their objective and balanced reports of the industry, he emphasized on developmental reports on improvements and upgrades of airport facilities.

“With more people using the facilities would mean more revenue, more revenue would mean more gain for all of us in the industry and the more we are able to make people use our facilities, increases the volume of air cargo and air traffic would now make the customer base, the passenger base increases, probably bringing down the cost of air travel”.

He urged the media that, rather than put out stories of what the industry failed to do, strong criticisms that do not add value and present the industry in a negative light and push people away from the industry, it should focus more on developmental stories and reports.

“We should decide now to getting more people to access our facilities. We are the press, we know how to show, how to paint the picture, we are not saying we should lie but I think we should be tilted more toward the positive side because whatever positivity is given is for all of us here”.

“The news they hear about the industry are controversial news that portrays it as negative and see it as a kind of government entity that is doing the wrong thing that affects us generally. So, lets device a way in which we present ourselves in the media favourably so that we expect more people to identify with us “.

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