The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) is to collaborate with states government on the encroachment on airport land across the country.
Alhaji Saleh Dunoma, FAAN Managing Director, disclosed this at the 15th National Council on Transportation (NCT) in Sokoto on Tuesday.
He said that residential and commercial developments are going on around airports in Nigeria without the permission and supervision of relevant authourities.
Dunoma said that the protection of the airports land would allow for development that meets international standards and free of obstructions.
“We are proposing the protection of airports land because this is the best forum for all the states government because they are all here.
“Land allocated for development of the airports all over the country was by states to the Federal Government and FAAN is the custodian of that land.
“In almost all the States, there are encroachments on these lands, for the simple reason that airports development takes several years and this gave the public the signal that there is no development.
“We are collaborating with states in order to bring the right development around the airports and to control the development around them.
“And the development are to be complimentary to the airports operations so that we do not have conflicts of interest with the kind of development we are going to get at the airports,’’ he said.
Dunoma said that the collaboration would also focus on the specification of building around the airports in terms of approved height and design