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Airport extortion past aviation ministry’s management – Keyamo

The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, has mentioned the problem of extortion of passengers by officers of presidency businesses on the nation’s airports is past the ministry’s management.

Keyamo, who said this in a submit on X on Sunday, nevertheless mentioned the aviation ministry was working with different ministers answerable for the affected businesses to discover a lasting resolution to the issue.

The minister’s assertion got here in response to quite a few complaints by vacationers over alleged extortion by officers on the airport.

“I have received several complaints about the menace of begging and extortion at our International airports by a few unscrupulous persons who give all of us a bad image,” Keyamo mentioned.

He added, “My telephones are beeping each minute with messages about this from well-meaning Nigerians. Just to set the data straight, a lot of the businesses concerned on this menace should not underneath the management of the aviation ministry, although they’re stationed at our airports.

“However, I have been working closely with other ministers, arms of government and agencies who are responsible for these agencies and a solution is in sight soon.”

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He talked about that the ministry was collaborating with the National Security Adviser on the problem, including that he would quickly announce sensible steps to “stem this ugly tide.”

The downside of begging and extortion on the nation’s airports has not too long ago turn into a significant concern for the Federal Government.

Recall that on June 14, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria issued a warning to airport customers towards providing bribes and inspiring extortion.

The company said that any employees or authorities company working on the airports discovered responsible of accepting bribes would face punishment.

The company additionally introduced the launch of a activity power to get rid of touting, extortion, and different illicit actions at airports nationwide.

The authority said that the duty power had been assigned the accountability of implementing self-discipline amongst airport employees and fostering a tradition of professionalism in any respect ranges.

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