The management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has inaugurated a task force on the disposal of abandoned aircraft in all airports across the country.
A statement from the agency said the setting up of the task force had become necessary because the aircraft constituted serious safety hazard on the airside, apart from being an eyesore at the airports, with some of the aircraft abandoned for upwards of 10 years.
At its inaugural meeting, the task force called on owners of such abandoned aircraft to evacuate them immediately because of the danger they posed to the airport environment.
The statement by the General Manager, Corporate Communications, FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati, said the task force noted that some aircraft owners had responded to earlier appeals by the authority and were already making arrangement to evacuate them.
The agency had made several appeals to operators to remove the abandoned aircraft, including meetings with the owners and publication of paid notices in newspapers in the past five years.
Dati said some of the owners of the abandoned aircraft had taken FAAN to court over the issue and got injunctions that made it difficult for the authority to carry out the exercise before now.