By Foster Obi
The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Capt Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu yesterday held a meeting with Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) and Airline Operating Committee (AOC). A statement signed by Yakubu Henrietta, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, said the meeting was held at the Headquarters of the Authority in Lagos.
In his opening remarks, Captain Yadudu noted that the essence of the meeting was to re-affirm the Authority’s commitment to the improvement of services at our airports, and to solicit their cooperation and support in this regard. He noted that AON & AOC are primary stakeholders of the Authority which informed engaging them first among numerous others, assuring them that the new management will be open to advice and constructive criticisms.
Harping on effective collaborations, the MD promised that the Authority will concentrate on delivering structured, time-bound, sustainable and improved services to all stakeholders. He declared that FAAN is already taking bold steps in addressing gaps in processes and procedures by collaborating with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), through its Airport Service Quality (ASQ) program. He requested the associations to nominate 2 members to work in a committee that will be constituted immediately alongside FAAN officials to drive the delivery of improved services at our airports.
The Chairman of AON, Mr. Nogie Meggison, who spoke on behalf of the airlines, congratulated the new MD on his appointment stating that as an aviator, his appointment is a round peg in a round hole. He pledged the support and cooperation of airline operators towards delivering improved services at the airports, and helping FAAN to develop the Lagos airport into a hub. Present at the meeting were the Authority’s directors of Engineering Services, Engr Salisu Daura, Finance & Accounts, Mrs. Nike Aboderin, Human Resources, Mr. Honorius Anozie, Security Services, Rtd Group Captain U.S.A. Sadiq, Airport Operations, Mrs. Jumoke Oni, Legal Adviser, Dr. Clifford Omozeghian.
Also in attendance we’re the Chairman Medview Airline, Alhaji M. A. Bankole, Chairman Air Peace Airline, Mr. Allen Onyema, Chairman Overland Air, Capt Edward Boyo, Station Manager, British Airways, Mrs. Adetoun Odejinmi, amongst several others.