The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Wednesday said it was working with the Lagos State government to address the traffic gridlock on the Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA) road in the state.
It was reported that the traffic gridlock has worsened on the airport road in recent times forcing some travellers to resort to motorcycles in order not to miss their flights.
There were mixed reactions on Wednesday when the former governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, was sighted on a motorbike along the airport to catch a flight. It was not clear where the governor was heading for.
The worst hit is the domestic wing of the airport as the gridlock usually stretches from Ikeja under bridge to as far as the airport tollgate.
When such happens, commercial motorcyclists popularly known as okada riders usually flood the airport road, charging passengers as much as N1000 and N2000 to convey them to either the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) or the MMA2, a private terminal operated by the Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL).
Though ‘okada’ is banned on major roads in Lagos, the riders have continued to defy the law to take over the road leading to the busiest airport in Nigeria.
General Manager, Corporate Communications of FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, in a chat with Daily Trust on Wednesday said motorbikes remained banned on the airport road and vowed that the authority would continue to clamp down on the riders.
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