Tuesday 23 April 2013

FAAN: Workers pressure for conversion of Bi-Courtney Hotel

Aviation Nigeria

Workers of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) have called on the management for the conversion of the hotel erected by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) into an official headquarters for the agency.

This was contained in a solidarity message to FAAN’s Managing Director, George Uriesi, by the workers, who also indicated the possibility of a strike strike action if the request was not granted.

Few weeks ago FAAN said it had taken over the hotel being built on a lease concession opposite the domestic terminal, MMA2, owned and managed by BASL. But Bi-Courtney had also earlier secured a court injunction to stop FAAN from taking over the facility and unless the court rules otherwise.

Confirming the demand of the workers, a senior official of Air Transport Senior Staff Association of Nigerian (ATSSSAN, FAAN branch) said that what the workers requested was in tandem with their earlier position about the “giving of all the airport land in Lagos to Bi-Courtney,” adding that the federal government at the time it was given to the company “arm-twisted FAAN to reach concession agreement with Bi-Courtney Limited.”

“He (Dr. Wale Babalakin, the Chairman of Bi-Courtney Limited) arm-twisted FAAN to secure those concessions. He said  he would use our living quarter as guest house, together with the airport school. He said he was going to use the headquarters of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) as the kitchen for his hotel. But when he took lease of that land where he built the hotel, it was agreed he would complete it in 18 months. It is now more than eight years.

“He has deprived us revenue from that land. We have lost over N5 billion from that land which was rented to food vendors and part of it used as car park. He was annexing all the land at the airport. We have to use the hotel as our headquarters. It is well located as head office,” the official said.

Source: This Day


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