The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria(FAAN) has shut down the airports in Kebbi and Gombe states over debts owed to the agency by the two state governments, amounting to about N800 million.
According to media reports, FAAN announced the withdrawal of men of the safety, fire rescue and aviation security personnel attached to the two airports, in a Notice To Air Men (NOTAM), sent to the airports on Wednesday.
FAAN, two weeks ago, warned that its services would be withdrawn should the two state governments failed to clear their debts.
It was gathered that FAAN gave the state governments enough time to settle their debts, but they remained adamant
It was gathered that the attention will be shifted to other airports, which are owing.
FAAN, it was learnt, wanted to carry out the drive in other airports but were stopped by the Presidency.
“But the agency has vowed to forge ahead with its plans to close state airports owing the organisation,” a source said on Wednesday.