Tinubu and Shettima to bear costs for airport access as FG mandates e-tag payments

Tinubu and Shettima 

The Federal Government has announced that payment for access into airports nationwide is now mandatory for all travelers. 

This directive was emphasized by the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace, Festus Keyamo, during a briefing with State House Correspondents following the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2024.

The FEC meeting was adjourned on Monday May 13, 2024 to Tuesday. According to the Minister of Information, Mohammed Idris, the Council could not take all the memos that were to be presented by members.

Keyamo said no one would be exempted paying for access into the airports, including foreign guests.

According to him, the situation where some persons refuse to pay for access to airports with the claim that they are Very Important Personalities (VIPs) would no longer happen.

He said out of 100% E-tags printed, only 18% are paid for, thereby leading to loss of revenues in the aviation sector.

“Council has approved that henceforth nobody will be exempted from paying for access into our airports.

“The President and the Vice President have also said they should not be excluded from this new policy,” Keyamo said.

Speaking on the recent incidents of some aircraft skidding off the runaways in parts of the country, including that of Dana Air, Keyamo frowned upon the lack of efficiency by some airliners.

He said the government would ensure proper infrastructure auditing of all airlines to ensure that any airline showing signs of inefficiency are banned from operating.

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