Power Outage At MMIA, An Embarrassment To The Nation

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The entire Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos has been in darkness for the past 24hours due to power outage.

The situation has been so since Saturday evening.

Passengers arriving the terminal as well as those alighting from the airplane were compelled to board and disembark using torchlights.

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According to sources, as at 10pm Saturday night, it was observed that all the wings of the airport, including the terminal, were in total darkness.

Only backup lights were seen illuminating the background of the terminal.

As a result of the power outage, the automated security and allied equipment at the airport have not been operational.

This has compelled security agencies to profile and screen passengers manually using torchlights.

Power Outage At MMIA, A National Disgrace

 

The situation, according to a staff of one of the airlines had lasted for several days but worsened on Saturday.

According to him, the situation is a disgrace to the nation since several of the passengers were visiting the country for the very first time.



He urged the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to address the epileptic power supply to the airport, especially the international wing.

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The airline staff was quoted as saying:

“The situation has been like this for several days, but it reached its climax yesterday as the entire terminal was thrown into a thick darkness.

“In fact, workers of KLM Airlines had to use torchlights to profile and board their passengers.

“Also, this morning, we had to use the ramp to disembark our passengers.

“The same happened to Air Maroc, Virgin Atlantic and other early morning flights.”

The same airline staff also revealed that some passengers had to undress before security agents for security screening.

As of Sunday, it was also observed that some of the airlines had started using their own generators to power their operations.