The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has threatened to ban those who flout safety guidelines put in place by the federal government to curb the spread of COVID-19 from using its facilities.
FAAN had complained about how former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari and Adamawa State governor, Umaru Fintiri with eight others in his entourage flouted COVID-19 safety rules in the airports.
In a statement shared via its official twitter page on Friday, FAAN again condemn Yari and Fintiri for their irresponsible behaviour that jeopardizes the safety of other travellers, threatening to bar whoever refuses to adhere strictly to health safety protocols from flying.
“As a responsible institution of the Federal Government of Nigeria, FAAN holds all officials of state in high esteem, and accords them all the courtesies their status deserves. Therefore, FAAN has no personal issues with Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari and Governor Fintiri.
“We are merely implementing our standard operating procedures (SOPs) to assure the success of our Security and Public health Protocols.
“The protocols flouted by both personalities were duly approved by the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
“They were intended to protect all airport users, and to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. By their actions, the two personalities put at risk not only themselves, but also other airport users.
“These protocols are now part of the new normal all over the world, and no person, no matter how highly placed, is exempted from them, else he would be denied access to our facilities”, the statement reads in part.
FAAN urged everyone to comply with safety protocols, adding that those in leadership positions (VIPs) should show good example by adhering to safety protocols.
“FAAN wishes to restate the need for all air travelers to strictly adhere to the security, Public health and operational protocols put in place to make air travel in the country safe, secure, and efficient, especially in the midst of this pandemic.
“Our esteemed Government officials and other Very Important Personalities (VIP) should not only comply with the rules, but provide leadership for other air travelers, by projecting good conduct, and protecting public safety. FAAN will continue to enforce the protocols, and advise all air travelers to adhere strictly to same”, the statement reads.