The Nigerian government has increased the access fee for all vehicles seeking entrance into the airports. The increase in the gate charge was made by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and will take effect on Thursday, September 1. The new notice by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) The Nigerian government has increased the access gate fee for all vehicles entering the airports. In a recent notice by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), an over 100% increase in the gate charge will take effect from Thursday, September 1.
FAAN in its notice said cars which normally paid N200 to gain access into the airports will now be mandated to pay N400 while buses, jeeps and Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) will pay N600 against its former gate fee of N300. Similarly, trucks will be mandated to pay a charge of N1,000 before gaining access into the airports. Following the notice, the spokesperson for FAAN Yakubu Datti could not be reached on his mobile telephone number to clarify the need for the increase.
New Airport gate charges
However, some Nigerians who spoke to NAIJ.com said the increase in gate charge by FAAN is outrageous. Ifeanyichukwu Okeke, an Abuja based engineer said: “This is crazy, the federal government keeps increasing the cost of everything without any consideration for the common Nigerian.” Complaining about the recent price of food commodities in the market, another citizen Stanley Amaechi said he was surprised at the increase. “I am not surprised, have you check the price of a bag of rice lately? If you have you won’t complain because more increase is coming; the poor masses are the ones paying for the affluence lifestyles lived by our elites,” Amaechi said.
On Tuesday, August 30, there was panic at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos over a two days power outage. The power outage also affected activities in within and around the airport.
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