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Knocks For FAAN Over Power Outage At Lagos Airport

There was outrage on Friday night when the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos experienced power outage, leaving the terminal in darkness.

A video of the terminal in darkness had been trending on the social media with passengers lighting the terminal with their mobile phone.

That was not the first time there would be power outage at the airport, which is the busiest in Nigeria.

Power outrage was last experienced on April 1, 2022 disrupting flight operations while hundreds of passengers were stranded.

The outage at the time was as a result of heavy rainfall in the late hours of Friday up to the early hours of the Saturday April 1, 2022.

Also in November 2018, a similar incident was experienced with the then Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Engr. Saleh Dunoma blaming the frequent outrage on the various construction works going on at the airport.

The latest outage had generated outcry among passengers and aviation stakeholders who decried the frequent power outages at Nigeria’s number one port of entry.

Confirming the incident, FAAN in a statement posted on its X (formerly Twitter ) handle explained that the outage was not more than three minutes.

“We experienced a 2-3 minute outage at Murtala Muhammed International Airport yesterday, Feb 2nd 2024 while switching over to our back up power supply after losing power from the Grid.

“The electrical team has identified the challenges with the automatic switch over and working judiciously to restore this immediately. We have put a plan in place leveraging the alternative sources of power to ensure we do not have a reoccurrence.”

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