The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria is working with the Nigeria Customs service and Clearing Agents to expedite the clearing process of cargo at the airport.
The Managing Director of FAAN, Engr. Saleh Dunoma stated this over the weekend in Lagos, on an inspection tour of on-ongoing projects at the airports.
Engr. Dunoma, in pursuit of diversification of source of revenue from aeronautical sources to other source said cargo operations will soon become a main stay of the Authority’s operations.
According to Engr. Dunoma, the limitations are due to the laid-down procedures and processes that must be followed which is statutory. He revealed that cargo terminals are built all over the country to take advantage of the agricultural potential of the country and eliminate wastage.
He however assured the general public that efforts are being made to fast-track the system. He said ” The regulators and operators, that is, the Customs and FAAN, are working together with the clearing agents to make sure that clearing at the airport is expedited”. He further stated that the new Cargo Terminals being constructed will stimulate exports, especially perishable produce, and will be of utmost benefit to the general public and Nigeria.
While on a similar visit to Kano,Engr. Saleh Dunoma, expressed delight with the level of work at the new international terminal at the Aminu Kano International Airport. He made this remark on when he paid a working visit to the airport to supervise the on-going construction of the new international terminal. It would be recalled that the Federal Government has embarked on an ambitious project of constructing five new international terminals at the nation’s five international airports including Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt and Enugu. Engr Dunoma, while on this follow-up to the Permanent Secretary’s earlier working tour to the airport, noted that this laudable project was undertaken to increase the capacity of the affected airports while positioning them to be able to deliver efficient services at world-class standards, in order to maintain best practices as prescribed by the International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO. He assured the general public that FAAN would continue to upgrade the facilities at the nation’s airports to ensure security, safety and comfort of all airport users.