The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has appealed to passengers and airport users to disregard the report about a leaking roof and deplorable condition of facilities at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport terminal.
FAAN’s acting general manager, corporate affairs, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu said in a statement that such report was capable of creating fear intending passengers adding that the report was not based on assessment of the airport.
However, she explained that the leakage noticed from the roof of the “D Wing” of the terminal of was occasioned by ongoing repair work adding that the downpour and wind storm disrupted the “ongoing civil engineering work on the rooftop…which temporarily interrupted our engineers who are replacing the old roof members with new ones at that instance.”
“Management wishes to put the records straight, that the leaking roof is a result of the on-going work at the MMIA, Lagos. This upgrade is coming on 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.
“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 Lagos Airport and as a result we are experiencing challenges as we have to keep up with our core operations going on while the upgrade continues.
“Sequel to this on-going works, we recently experienced leakage 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 ongoing civil engineering work on the rooftop…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…while the rains lasted, but work immediately resumed after the rain subsided, and the integrity of roof was restored,” said Yakubu.
She added: “We want to state clearly that this defect did not affect operations in any way or at any time at the terminal. FAAN assures passengers, airport users and the general public of her commitment to a safe, secure and improved facilitation at the nation’s airports.”