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Operators raise alarm over touts’ threat to security


FAANCAR hire operators across airports in Nigeria have urged the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to urgently curtail the activities of illegal cab drivers around the country’s airports in view of the huge security risk they pose to passengers and facilities around the terminals.

The operators, under the aegis of Airport Car Hire Association of Nigeria (ACHAN) disclosed that 98 percent cases of missing passengers has been established to have boarded unregistered cabs at the airports, whose drivers take such passenger (s) to unknown locations.

ACHAN also said terrorist elements could infiltrate such cabs to bomb airport facilities since they often drive close to the arrival halls of the airport terminals.
President of ACHAN, Chief Stanley Worlu Dike said FAAN should put urgent measures in place to curtail their operations as they have increasingly flooded major airports in Nigeria

Dike, who spoke in Lagos at the recent ACHAN 2015 Annual General Meeting urged FAAN to provide office space for ACHAN members, stressing that the association complements government’s efforts in providing job opportunities for young Nigerians.

Chairman, Board of Trustees of ACHAN, Alhaji Muili Yinusa alleged that military location at the General Aviation Terminal 1 in Lagos has become a safe haven for such unregistered operators.

Yinusa urged FAAN to cancel the proposed ‘Pay As You Go’ policy the airports management authority is set to impose on ACHAN members.
“We pay millions of Naira to FAAN annually, so we are supposed to enjoy certain privileges like other concessionaires do. In fact, this is too much on my people,” he said.

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