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Reverse airport access gate charge now, NASS orders FAAN

In a motion that was unanimously supported and adopted yesterday, the House of Representatives, has urged the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to reverse its decision to increase access gate charge slated to commence on Saturday.

The house also mandated its Committee on Aviation to engage the management of FAAN for explanation on the purported increment in the face of current economic challenges in the country.

Coming under a motion considered as Matters of Urgent Public Importance by Rotimi Agunsoye (APC-Lagos), he explained that FAAN published notices in and around airports in Nigeria of its intention to increase the rates of “Access Gate Charge” on motorists seeking access into airports.

He revealed that FAAN proposed to increase the charges by N100, raising the fee by cars from N200 to N300 and buses, SUVs and Jeeps, up from N300 to N400, and trucks to pay N500.

While expressing concern that the reason for the decision which was endorsed by the management of FAAN had not been convincingly communicated to the public, he argued that the increment is coming at a time when the vast majority of Nigerians are groaning under the current challenges in the country.