FAAN says the demolition will allow a government contractor to start the construction of a modern cargo terminal.
The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Wednesday demolished illegal structures used by cargo agents at the International Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
The Deputy General Manager, Public Affairs of FAAN, Victor Arisa, who spoke with reporters, said the exercise was carried out long after extensive notices were issued out to the cargo operators.
Mr. Arisa added that the agents have been allocated an alternative space at the limousine operators’ park to continue their operations.
He said that the demolition of the area is to allow the contractor that has been engaged by the federal government to commence work on the construction of a modern cargo terminal.
“The complaints being lodged by the agents are unacceptable, as their leadership had, a few months ago, agreed to the terms of the relocation, at a meeting attended by all stakeholders,” he said.
Mr. Arisa said that those agents who have legitimate businesses around the terminal would still be allowed to come and transact their business.
“It is those without any legitimate business that will not be allowed in,” he said.
The Secretary General, Association of Nigerian Customs Licensed Agents, David Beno, expressed surprise at the demolition.
Mr. Beno claimed that their offices were demolished by FAAN without an alternative place to carry out their business.