As part of efforts in addressing insecurity in the country, especially at the various airports, the management of Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has installed electronic tracking equipment at the entrance of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja.
The device, according to the Director, Commercial and Business Development, FAAN, Dr. Adeniyi Balogun, will track all vehicles coming in and going out of both local and international airports in the city; thereby ensuring safer and secured environment.
In his words: “With the recent and new dimension of security challenges we are facing in the country, it is pertinent for us in Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria to put in place this gigantic tracking electronic equipment that will track all vehicles plying the route. This is to ensure the security of lives and properties of Nigerians having one form of business or the other to do at the airports.”
Balogun, who took some journalists to inspect the upgraded Abuja airport gate, where the tracking device is installed, said apart from security, the gate is capable of generating about N50 million for the authority on a monthly basis.
“It is obvious that FAAN had spent a lot of money to put in place this device. What we are doing right now is also to upgrade the amount of money paid at the toll gate. Before now, we were charging between N100 to N200, depending on the type of vehicle, but starting from May 6, we will be collecting between N200 and N300 per vehicle, depending on its type.
“The earlier rate was fixed since 2001. You know that 2001 to 2013 is a long year apart; that is why the upgrading is necessary at this particular point in time. With the new toll free, we are expected to make between N1.5 million to 1.6 million per day as against about N500,000 daily of the past rate”, Balogun said.
The Director said for easy and more convenient payment, motorists could use pre-paid card, where they would just buy the ticket in bulk online or through their banks or pay cash at the entrance of the gate.
While calling on the motorists to comply with the new directive, Balogun said it is for the security and safety of the airports users. “Security is a collective effort that must be achieved by all and sundry”, he stated.