Lagos - The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has dismissed reports it shoddily treated former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, at the Port Harcourt International Airport.
The agency’s General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Yakubu Dati, said FAAN did not deny Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, access to the VIP Lounge at the facility but instead, it said it refused her convoy access to the foot of the aircraft during boarding as prescribed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
“We wish to state that no such thing happened as Dame Patience Jonathan, like other family members of former Presidents and other designated principal officers of Government, are officially entitled to the use of airports' VIP and protocol lounges under the management of FAAN.
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“The Authority holds the former First Lady in high esteem, being the wife of our former President and, therefore, could not have done anything that would suggest disrespect for her person,” Dati said.
According to Dati, the former First Lady's convoy was only denied access to the foot of the aircraft during boarding formalities at the airport in line with international aviation best practices.
Dati said this was strictly for safety reasons as prescribed by ICAO.
He said security officials explained this fact in detail to the former First Lady.
“We wish to recall that former President Goodluck Jonathan in his recent trips from the same airport, had to walk to the aircraft from the protocol lounge, in recognition of this ICAO regulation.”
- CAJ News