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Lagos airport users decry poor state of MMIA roads, parks

By Benjamin Alade
26 November 2021   |   2:55 am
Members of the Limousine car park, Lagos, have called on the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to expedite action in repairing the deplorable access road.

Failed portion of MMIA Service Road in Ikeja, Lagos. PHOTO:BENJAMIN ALADE

Members of the Limousine car park, Lagos, have called on the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to expedite action in repairing the deplorable access road.

Reports indicate that the car parks at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport’s (MMIA) – Terminal Zero, Limousine and access roads – are managed by the FAAN.

Some users of the car parks complained about FAAN’s failure to keep the parks in good condition.

According to them, the parks become muddy each time it rains, thereby making movement difficult for both vehicles and people.

A car hire operator, Moses Fagbenro, described the state of the car parks as ridiculous despite the huge revenue FAAN was realising from the parks.

Car Hire operators, who spoke anonymously, said that the association had written several letters to the authority on the deplorable situation of the car park, all to no avail.

“It got to a stage where we told FAAN we wanted to use our money to repair the park but they told us we cannot do anything until they give such approval and that is why you see the situation like this,” said one of the car hire operators.

“The truth of the matter is that we are concessionaires under the Federal Airport Authority, we meet them every year and they give us what we want.

“They are supposed to manage and maintain the access road. Most times, we have accidents from the whole session. We recorded one accident a few days ago on the road. The vehicles were damaged; we are paying money and they are not helping us to fix the place.

“Every car here pays up to N100, 000. We have over 400 cars. Even when you get to Hajj camp, you can imagine how that place looks like, flooded. Government must fix this place. By December now, they will come up with their forms and terms to pay the next fee. We are really not enjoying this place. They need to help us fix the light, as there are limitations to how much we can work at night.”