The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has stated that commercial motorcycling around the airport axis has been prohibited, and remains so, and as a result, okada is not posing any threat to the security around the airport.
FAAN said this in a statement issued on Wednesday and signed by its General Manager, Corporate Affairs Henrietta Yakubu (Mrs.). The statement is a reaction to a story in a publication alleging that insecurity loom over the presence of Okada at Lagos airport.
The statement reads “FAAN will like to inform the general public that contrary to the opinion of the writer, there is no Looming Insecurity in Murtala Muhammed Airport. Also, the picture of Okadas attached to the story is not that of the MMA or any other Nigerian airport. The airport is safe and secure.
“FAAN will like to use this opportunity to re-emphasise that commercial motorcycling around the airport axis has been prohibited, and remains so, as indicated by the various signages within and around the airport corridor.
“Enforcement of this policy has also been intensive and comprehensive. In the year 2021, a total of 69 motorcycles were confiscated and transferred to the Lagos State Government for crushing by the Aviation Security Department.
“Additionally, a good number of motorcycles have been seized again and will soon be transferred to Lagos State Government for crushing. FAAN has a standing committee comprising officials from AVSEC and other security agencies that are constantly patrolling to arrest erring operators, with a view to putting a final stop to this menace.
“Finally, while we reassure our customers that the Murtala Muhammed Airport is safe and secure, we also plead with our esteemed stakeholders to please desist from deliberately spreading false and misleading information about our airports and our industry. It is not in our national interest”.