The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN says, the Lagos International Airport is under threat from drainage water from three local government Areas of the State.
The local government areas are Ikeja, Ejigbo and Isolo having boundaries with the Lagos International Airport.
The Managing Director, FAAN, Captain Rabiu Yadudu in a joint a news conference in Lagos with the Director General Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority NCAA,said, to this end, FAAN was collaborating with the Lagos state government to address the problem.
To ascertain the level of damage and threats to the airport by the drainage water, the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN in company of the Director General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority NCAA and some management staff went on a tour of the airport.
Captain Rabiu Yadudu said, the waters from these local government areas recently pulled down part of the fence of the airport and the authority had to quickly embark on an emergency fencing to prevent any security breach.
“A lot of water was coming with a lot of debris that attracted so many things at one time this year, it was so high it broke down the fence in the airport over the bridge and we had to scamper around to do emergency fencing to cover it and we called Lagos State, we show them the situation water from almost three local government was pilling up and disrupting our operations and also bringing so many unwanted attention from animals and birds”.
Captain Yadudu also disclosed that, when the problem was brought before the state government, they immediately mobilized their contractor to the site and currently work was ongoing.
“We mentioned this to the governor and he promised to assist us in solving the problem. It was to our astonishment that we went on inspection, we saw not only work on going, not original work, there is a lot of heavy concrete, the company has already mobilised, they have already cleared most of the area of plastic, debris and on both sides almost 100 meters of concrete have been laid on both sides and it is progressing rapidly”.
The Director General, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu stated that, incidents of bird strike have been linked to the water which flows into the airport with debris comprising plastics and other materials that attracts animals, especially birds.
He emphasized that, the airport runway was also under threats as the water sinks down to weaken the soil and cause other damage to airport facilities.
“Am sure of recent you have people having issues of bird strike and what I saw today was amazing. Drainage from Ejigbo, from Ikeja from everywhere, they all flow into the airport, it is not just the water, it comes with all sorts of rubbish, plastics, I mean disgusting stuff and those attracts the birds which contributes to the issues of bird strikes”.
They commended the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his display of leadership and commitment, in addressing the problem and assured of the aviation agencies support and performance in the discharge of their service to Lagos State and Nigeria in general.