by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Adamawa state government has frowned at an alleged extortion of funds from commuters by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) up to the tune of N500 per commuter as ‘gate fees’ in the state.
Following this situation, the state government has disassociated itself from “such unlawful extortion of funds” from commuters by Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria.
To this effect, a statement was signed and issued to newsmen by management of Ministry of Works and Development under the leadership of Adamu Atiku Abubakar, through its information officer, Innocent Daniel Zira, in Yola recently.
The statement indicated that, “The government wants to inform the public that it is not aware and, also not happy, about the tokens that commuters are paying at the gate of FAAN.”
It expressed its dismay over the information reaching them that FAAN is capitalizing on the creation of the emergency road to extort N200 and above from commuters.
It would be recalled that the state government had made the provision when it started the flyover and under-fly projects in the state to ease traffic congestion.
Meanwhile, Conscience Triumph gathered that, collections at that gate were not to the knowledge of the authority and it has, consequently, disassociated itself from what took place. “Even if it’s a source of income,” the source noted, “the authority should be aware it is only that of the airport gate that is authorized.”