The leaking roof of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) D-Wing has been fixed by civil engineers of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN.
The leaking roof according to FAAN was as a result of ongoing work on the airport which was compounded by heavy rains and windstorm.
The replacement of the roof is coming on the heels of a video making the rounds in some sections of the social media on a leaking roof at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA), as part of “the deplorable condition of facilities” at the Airport which the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria says was untrue.
In a statement the agency says “It is regrettable that the story, which was capable of creating fear in the mind of intending passengers, was not based on assessment of the said facility by the reporters. This is more so because the reporters could easily have cross-checked their facts with our Corporate Affairs Department before going public with such a sensitive issue.
“Following this malicious video clip targeted to tarnish the Authority’s hard earned reputation; Management wishes to put the records straight, that the licking roof was a result of the on-going works at the MMIA, Lagos. This upgrade is coming at the heels of the Executive Order issued recently by the Presidency aimed at “Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria”, and the Authority is doing everything possible to improve the quality of her services in line with the Order”.
Spokesperson for FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu explained that the leaking roof is as a result of on- going work at the MMIA and also owing to a heavy rain accompanied by wind storm and that efforts to fix it had been difficult due to the location of the leakage.
“Sequel to this on-going works, we recently experienced some leakages from the roof at the “D Wing” of the Terminal of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, owing to a heavy rain accompanied by wind storm. This is directly connected to the civil engineering works going on at the roof top at that location, which temporarily interrupted our engineers who are replacing the old roof members with new ones at that instance. It was practically impossible to work at that location due to its altitude and slipperiness while the rains lasted, but work immediately resumed after the rain subsided, and the integrity of roof was restored”.
She noted that this defect did not affect operations in any way or at any time at the Terminal and assured passengers, airport users and the general public of the agency’s commitment to a safe, secure and improved facilitation at the nation’s airports.
“Management in compliance with government policies has since initiated practical steps to improve on safety and security architecture of the nation’s premier airport and also improve comfort and passengers experience.
Consequently, upgrade of facilities is on-going in different areas at the International Terminal building of MMIA Lagos and as a result we are experiencing challenges as we have to keep up with our core operations going on while the upgrade continues”.