The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has increased the toll fares of pre-paid users accessing the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, by 300 per cent.
1st News gathered that the annual renewal that erstwhile cost N10,000 per private vehicle, now costs N40,000.
Also, the FAAN authority paid workers on grade level eight and above half salary for the month of July.
This raised speculations that the management may have slashed the salary of senior workers by 50 per cent.
According to insider sources, the workers received half of their monthly salary, while the junior workers got their full remuneration.
The FAAN, which caters to about 10000 workforce nationwide, has been cash-strapped since COVID-19 restricted both local and international commercial flights, with attendant revenue loss.
Operators at the airport and other regular users of the Lagos access toll plaza found that a section of the tolling has increased, while the regular pay-as-you-go booth rates remain the same.
An official of FAAN, saddled with the processing, Mrs. Musa, said N40,000 was the new flat rate per vehicle; coupled with an official letter of request from the company and details of the beneficiary vehicle.
“All I can tell you is, that is the rate now,” she said.
The FAAN management had in May hinted on the plan to half salary, as part of measures of coping with the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Secretary-General of Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals, ANAP, Abdulrazak Saidu, said the development was brought to their notice Wednesday night by affected staff.
Saidu noted that staff on grade levels 1-7 received their full salaries; adding that the management had promised to pay others the 50 per cent balance next week.
The General Secretary, National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Ocheme Aba, said they were still in shock over the current action, as their members were agitated.
He explained that FAAN management should have informed their branch chairmen about the decision, rather than pay before informing them.
“Last night, the information we heard was that they paid half salary because they didn’t want to delay payment; so that some people would have money for Salah and that they will pay the balance by Tuesday next week. That was the information that came from the Director of Finance.
“But they didn’t inform us earlier about it. I don’t just understand them. They were struggling to complete the money; but it didn’t work, so they decided to pay 50 per cent.
“They should have informed us to avert misunderstanding. As I speak to you, because this information has not gone round; all FAAN branches nationwide are mobilising for a shutdown next week. That is what would have happened because of lack of information,” Aba said.