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FAAN to clean up Abuja Airport

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN),
said it has engaged a contractor to clean up the
Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The Deputy General Manager, Corporate Affairs,
Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, said this during interview
with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on

Yakubu stated that the current improvement in the
area of sanitation was a direct result of the
engagement of the cleaning firm, Lakewood
Development Company Limited, by the authority.

NAN reports that a lot of improvements had been
recorded in the maintenance of the toilets at the
airport terminal where both domestic and
international flight operations are currently

An official of the Airport, who pleaded anonymity,
told NAN that the airport was currently operating
beyond its capacity due to the concentration of
both domestic and international operations in one

The official explained that the terminal being used
for both domestic and international flights was
originally designed to accommodate only
international operations, adding that the airport
needed expansion.

The official added that the management of the
airport had devised a mean to manage the
sanitation issues by engaging the cleaning firm.

The Managing Director of the cleaning firm, Mr.
Sam Nchezor, also told NAN that the company was
carrying out janitorial services in Abuja, Lagos,
Port Harcourt and Calabar airports.

Nchezor said the company had deployed modern
equipment to ensure that it rendered quality
service to the nation’s airports across the country.

He said the company had ensured that all the
toilets in all the airports were adequately taken
care of and kept to best standard.

According to Nchezor, the company is also poised
to take management and maintenance of airport
facilities to a new level, especially in Nigeria.

“We have the responsibility of maintaining all the
facilities of the airport from ground scrubbing,
marble and granites to the top roof of the terminal.

“We have been able to do our best to bring the
airport out of sanitation quagmire resulting from
lack of adequate maintenance of facilities in the

“We have been in the service of Nigerian airport
since 2013 but before coming to Nigeria, we were
cleaning at the Gate 7 of the Heathrow Airport,

“But with the arrival of the new equipment, the
company is able to change the face of the airports
in the area of sanitation because this is the first
time the equipment is being used in Nigeria.

“For instance, the land sweeper machine can
sweep 7,000 square metres per hour and this is
what is being used in many world class airports
like Heathrow, Frankfurt and so on.

“We have also trained personnel to handle the
equipment both in operation and maintenance and
we run our services on a 24-hour basis,’’ he said.

Nchezor disclosed that the company was making
use of human friendly chemicals in accordance
with International Sanitary Supply Association
(ISSA) standard, of which it is a member.

A traveler, Mr Andrew Idejo, said there was
improvement in the airport toilets as well as the
general terminal, urging the authority to do more
to always keep the airports clean.

Idejo, however, expressed dissatisfaction with the
way travelers struggled through traffic jam to come
to the airport.

He called on the Federal Government to complete
the ongoing projects to expand the airport and
save travelers from unnecessary hardship in
accessing the facility.

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