The Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA),Captain Musa Nuhu has called for the total remodeling and rewiring of the cables at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos to address power outage.
Captain Nuhu made the call, when the House Committee on Aviation, invited the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN and the NCAA to explain the recent power failure at the weekend in the terminal.
He said since the terminal was built in1978 no major renovation had been carried on it, adding that, what the terminal required to solving the problems of power failure which had been a reoccurring issue was to change the electricity cables.
The Managing Director, FAAN, Captain Rabiu Yadudu stressed that, the greatest challenge facing the authority was that some of the underground cables had damaged and needed total replacements because they were laid over forty years ago.
Giving explanation on the recent power outage at the airport, Captain Yadudu disclosed that the problem was caused by the heavy rain which fell that night that affect the underground cables supplying power to the affected finger.
According to him, the international terminal of the Murtala Mohammed Airport has six 4.8 KVA generators serving as alternative power source to the terminal and that they usually switch on automatically within five seconds whenever there was disruption from the national grid.
He also stated that the problem lasted for only fifteen minutes before the light was restored, adding that it was blown out of proportion through the social media network.
In his opening remarks, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Mr. Nnolim Nnaji urged FAAN to put all necessary measures to avert a repeat.
He said the Parliament was not happy with the development adding that a prime airport like the MMIA ought to have standby generators that were supposed to switch on automatically immediately the public power source went off.
Nnaji however maintained that FAAN and the NCAA should meet and come up with suggestions on how to address the problem permanently to avoid future embarrassment of the type of what happened on April first, 2022.
On Friday night 1st of April, 2022 at about 11:15 pm the D finger arrival of the MMIA was thrown into darkness for over fifteen minutes at the time the disembarked Air France passengers were undergoing facilitations.