Payments for trolleys at Nigerian airports to end — Minister

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja
Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja

The fee currently being charged for using trolleys in Nigerian airports will soon be scrapped, the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has said.

The minister made the disclosure on Friday in Abuja at the inauguration of the Ministerial Committee on Assessment of Security Situation in Nigeria’s Airports.

He said payment for trolleys would stop as soon as the current contractual agreement on the handling of trolleys was over.

He explained that the arrangement could not be stopped immediately as it could lead to litigation, adding that the contract would not be reviewed as soon as it ended.

According to him, there were petitions by some users who claimed that trolleys were covered by certain taxes and charges paid by passengers.

“We have had discussions with FAAN on this and we have decided that as soon as this contract ends, we will return back to the old system,’’ he said.

Mr. Sirika also assured that government would soon start the implementation of recommendations on the establishment of a new national carrier.

The minister said that President Muhammadu Buhari demonstrated his commitment to establishing a national carrier by setting up a committee for it, even before appointing his ministers.

According to him the committee had since submitted its report which had also been forwarded to the ministry for further action.

“The committee has done its work and its reports and recommendations have been forwarded to us; it is in the ministry and we are working on it.

“I want to tell you that we are on it and I want to add that within my purview of the management of this ministry, the committee report will not be swept under the carpet.

“It will be implemented and anywhere we do not agree, we will indicate so.

“We will be modest and courteous enough to inform the members of the committee and the public about it,’’ he said.

Mr. Sirika said Nigeria was not doing badly in the area of aviation security, adding that the country scored 92.6 per cent in the last International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Audit.

He said that the inauguration of the security assessment committee was necessitated by the quest for perfection and the determination to close the 7.4 per cent gap that could harm the industry.

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  • Burning Spear

    There is no where in the world where the use of trollies are free–The fees were introduced so as to ensure that any trolley picked up by passengers is returned–then u pick the coins u deposited for the safety of the trolley–but when the Fulanis are in power–it is a different—ball game—u hardly see them think through their plans–It was the Fulanis from the North that helped Obj to destroy the Nigerian airways——Nigeria that belongs to only the Fulanis can never work well for the Nation

    • persona

      You lie, several airports all over the world don’t charge for trolley use. I guess you don’t travel to where decency prevail.
      If you don’t agree, just read and waka pass. Don’t expose your ignorance of global best practices.

    • saheedl

      Really? Big lie. Don’t feed us with lies man

    • Smarty

      I know it’s hard for you to resist tribilising the whole issue, but what you have described in your write up is not a fee but it’s a just a way of making sure the users of these trolley return them. Instead of wailing, why don’t you put yourself up to contest for election so we can see all your brilliant ideas, after all you are a Nigerian of electable age.

    • tundemash

      Oloshi, isn’t it obvious that you have never left the creek. Ask Fortunato how much he paid for trolley at Heathrow or Gatwick.

      May God bless this Minister of State. The trolley charge embarrassing ! I wonder why they are not charging for use of lift, stairs and toilets .

    • Bobby

      Burning Spear you are wrong . How many Airport have you been to outside Nigeria where fees are charged on trolley?The way you argued it seems you have never travelled outside Nigeria. Be it FK, Heathrow,Frankfort, Paris, Armsterdam Istanbul Gatwick, Rome. None I repeat none charge anything for using trolley

      • Iskacountryman

        haba…in mecca…they charge…

        • Reymeline

          No charges in Qatar, Omar and othe arabian countries

      • Angry Niaja

        Thank you for informing the guy o, I have never paid for trolleys a outside Nigeria, so do not know what the guy is talking about. Probably never been outside the shores of Nigeria, lol

    • BUSYBEE

      Brainless igbo dickhead

  • tundemash

    May God bless this Minister of State. The trolley charge is embarrassing ! I wonder why they are not charging for use of lift, stairs and toilets .

    • Iskacountryman

      toilets?…did you enter a toilet at mmi?…phew…

      • tundemash

        dunce, does the lft work at MMA and did i not mention it ? are u high 24/7 ?

        • Iskacountryman

          were is high?…i use lorries not planes…

  • excel

    No doubt this government of APC will take this country to places. Change has come to stay.

  • Omotolaaraujo

    The nightmare that is the Nigerian airport.

  • Nkem

    I hear it is one of Dokpesi’s boys called Ehiedu Anigwu who got the contract on those airport trolleys.