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Security deployed as FAAN, others clash at MMIA tollgate

A team of police officers and men of the Airforce has been deployed to the Murtala Mohammed international airport Lagos access tollgate to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

The deployment is coming on the heels of the clash between the staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN, Aviation unions and the contractor handling the collection of tolls at the access gate.

Currently, the security officers have taken charge of the access gate to prevent the warring parties from gaining access into the cubicles or perform any commercial function within the environment.

Vehicles using the tollgate are passing freely without being charged due to the recent development.

Speaking on this new development, secretary-general, Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals ANAP, Comrade Abdulrazak Saidu says the unions would not be deterred in insisting that the contractor vacant the toll collection and relieved of all contracts entered into with FAAN.

He explained that the action embarked on yesterday had previously been communicated to the Minister of Aviation and the Management of FAAN, adding that the unions would not fold its hands and allow contractors using revenue points of the agency as conduit pipes to milk the agency dry.

Comrade Saidu disclosed that the unions would meet this morning to discuss their next line of action.

Yesterday, 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, embarked on a peaceful to chase out staff of the contractor, handling toll collections Integrated Intelligent Imaging West Africa Limited (ICUBE) alleging that its contract expired last year February.

They also noted that there was an upward review of the agreement which the contractor had failed to agree to.

Reacting to the takeover, the Manager of the Integrated Intelligent Imaging West Africa (ICUBE) Mr Toluwaleke Abajingin had told journalists that he was surprised to see workers and unions taking over the access gate in the early hours of Monday.

According to him, the case was in court between one Rosepine Integrated limited, FAAN and ICUBE adding that as a responsible organization, ICUBE staff did not resist.

He said ICUBE had been paying FAAN up to date and were never informed about any upward review of the contract or otherwise.

Mr. Abajingin said there was the first right of refusal saying that FAAN had not communicated to ICUBE on the upward agreement review.

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