19th May, 2022
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Wednesday in Abuja launched the FAAN Taxi App to facilitate seamless taxi-hailing at the airport and even downtown.
The FAAN app will have all taxi operators at the airport register on it and passengers will call the drivers using the app, thus eliminating situations where touts harass passengers with all manners of unregulated taxi services
Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, Managing Director, of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) launched the app.
Yadudu, who was represented by the Group Capt. Usman Sadiq, Director of FAAN Security Service, said in his opening remarks on Thursday, that the move would definitely increase the country’s Gross Domestic Products.
He said that Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja was chosen as a pilot scheme among airports in the country, adding that Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos would be the next.
According to him, the project will improve safety, security, and comfort and further ensure development in the Aviation sector.
“This is a good development. We fair changes naturally. Sometimes, when change occurs we will be proud of it. I am assuring taxi and commercial drivers that this will actually lead to laudable development.
“It is in furtherance conformity with international standard and will equally add to Gross Domestic Products of Nigeria.
“ This laudable project is a result of careful planning, negotiation, and some meetings of relevant stakeholders. I hope everybody will key into this project and work towards its success,” Yadudu said.
FAAN boss urged the commercial body to support the project`s sustainability and enforcement in the hope of generality of Nigerian people.
In his address of welcome, Mr. Kabir Mohammed, FAAN Regional General Manager, North Central, said that the commissioning of the App was a resolute action to move from analog to digital at all airports in the nation.
Mohammed commended all stakeholders that had contributed in one way or another to the success of the project.
“Today, history has been made by moving from analog to digital. This is just the beginning. We need your cooperation. We want to assure you that Abuja airport is working very hard.
“This is actually a new narrative brought in by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria,“ he said.
Contributing, FAAN Director of Commercial, Mr. Sadiku Rafindadi, said the authority had started automation and would not go back.
Rafindadi added that MMIA would be the next to observe the commissioning of the App then to be followed by Port Harcourt Airport and so on thought out the country.
“Today marks the first day of commissioning the FAANTAXI App. We have been working on for this quite a while by meeting the stakeholders. We are ready to move forward.
“Abuja is taking the lead and we are proud of NAIA. We are moving to Lagos, next will be Port Harcourt International Airport and then the rest of the airports.
“The major aspect of Aviation is for safety, security, and comfort. With Nigerians behind us, we are moving forward. Automation indeed improves revenue, “ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that others in attendance included FAAN Director of Engineering Mr. Ali Maina, FAAN Director of Finance and Account, Mrs. Adenike Aboderin, and FAAN Director of Human Resources and Administration, Mr. Noris Anozie.