FAAN made the announcement just as a church donated 150 new trolleys to the airport.
Air travellers will have to pay N150 for using a trolley at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, an official of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, said on Tuesday.
FAAN’s Regional General Manager, North Central, Chris Bature, made the plan known when he received a donation of 150 new trolleys from Family Worship Centre, a church in Abuja.
The Resident Pastor of the church, Wale Afelumo, said that the church made the donation for use at the airport as part of its 20thanniversary activities.
“We are here at the airport to donate 150 trolleys to FAAN as part of our yearly corporate social responsibility for community development,” Mr. Afelumo said.
He said 120 of the trolleys would be used at the international wing of the airport while 30 would be used at the domestic wing.
Mr. Bature expressed gratitude to the church for the donation and added that FAAN had acquired more than 300 trolleys to replace the old ones.
He said the change was necessary because of the large number of people using the airport.
Mr. Bature said FAAN would ensure that the trolleys from the church were used at no cost to passengers but that others would attract N150 to be used. This is contrary to what obtains in several international airports where passengers use them at no cost.
“There was no particular charge for the use of the old trolleys but a new company has come in and will charge N150 per trolley.
Mr. Bature said FAAN had met with the new concessionaires and agreed that the porters to be employed to operate the trolleys would be at no cost to the agency.
He said travellers would push the trolleys themselves in order to monitor their luggage but that porters would assist people with heavy luggage, the aged and the handicapped.
FAAN’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu, said the donation came at a right time when the organisation had a plan to change its old trolleys.
“It is really going to go a long way in reducing the suffering of our passengers at the airport. We have had issues with trolleys and passengers had complained bitterly about it for a long time.
“Right here, there are not usually enough trolleys to be used but with this donation, I believe that the members of the flying community will be glad about it.
“We will ensure that this and the new trolleys that FAAN has bought will be used properly,’’ she said.
A passenger, Benedicta Okechukwu, commended the church for the effort.
“The new trolleys are good. The church has shown that it feels the pain passengers go through at the airports daily.
“The government should ensure that more trolleys are bought and the bad ones removed.
‘The new ones should also be well maintained so that people will be encouraged to donate more,’’ she said.