The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, says it consumes four trucks of diesel, each containing 33,000 litres, in ensuring regular power supply at the Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA) every month.
Ebele Okoye, FAAN’s General Manager, South-South and South-East, made the disclosure in a statement on Sunday.
She said that FAAN was worried over the high cost of running generating sets to provide electricity at the airport.
According to Mrs. Okoye, the unstable public power supply at the airport has made it to depend on generating plants, which gulped a lot of diesel.
She said that the funds being used to get diesel could have been used in other areas.
She said the spending on diesel was putting pressure on the finances of the organisation and urged the Ministry of Power to come to their aid in ensuring regular public power supply was at the airport.
The General Manager urged airline operators and passengers to bear with the authority on the ongoing work at the airport, assuring them that they would benefit from it at the end.
Mrs. Okoye also said that the management of the airport was embarking on home delivery of cargo in conjunction with an independent company.
She said that a new toll gate would soon be erected as part of the airport’s means of generating revenue, noting that it would be done in conjunction with the Rivers State Government.
She said that funding had been the greatest challenge in the day to day running of the airport.