Airport: Trouble Brews Over ‘On-Duty Card’

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Trouble is brewing between Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and concessionaires over the issue of “On-Duty Card (ODC) at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.
The Tide learnt that the management of FAAN has directed concessionaires to obtain identification letters from the police before a new ODC would be issued to them.
But the concessio-naires protested the directive claiming that such practices have never happened in aviation industry.
Speaking to The Tide, Chief Karian Olocha insisted that the new practice had never been happened and addressed the Authority to rescind its order to avoid complication.
Chief Olocha reminded management of FAAN, that Aviation Industry has international practices with uniform laws, pointing out that Port Harcourt Airport cannot be an exception.
On-Duty Card is an identification of person on duty at the airport or an authority that allows workers to move around since most of the areas are restricted.
The directive for the issuance of ODC, The Tide learnt was to check the menace and the increasing rate of touting at the airport.
It was argued that some touts were issued with on-duty card (ODC), an argument that was discussed by Chief Olocha who said the Authority only issue ODC to persons of repute.
According to him, “The ODC is the property of FAAN and they reserve the right to seize and arrest any unauthorised person holding it. We are not comfortable with the recent directive. FAAN should readdress its order”.
When contacted, the Public Affairs Manager, Port Harcourt, Mr Victor Arisa, said he was yet to get details but promised to speak on the issue later.
On-Duty Card is reportedly issued yearly to workers and other airport users. It is an access pass to move around at the terminal building, airside and other sensitive areas of an airport. It is being issued by FAAN, the landlords of the airport.