The Federal Government is to probe the cause of the fire incident, which engulfed the headquarters of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), according to the Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hardi Sirika.
Speaking through one of his aides, Salihu Adeyinka, on Wednesday with Ripples Nigeria, the Minister said there is going to be a high powered investigative panel to look into the immediate and remote causes of the incidence.
The fire, which on Tuesday ripped off the roofs of three office blocks at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Headquarters of the Authority was put off by the combined efforts of Lagos Fire Service and FAAN’s fire service unit.
Though no mention has been made of the volume of documents and properties lost in the inferno, eye witnesses said some colossal damaged might have been suffered by the operational headquarter and administration division.
Spokesman of FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, said that senior officials of the Ministry were expected to visit the burnt offices, adding that the agency would be awaiting further action.
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“But as I speak to you, normal business at the airport, which was initially interrupted, had returned.
“Contrary to reports making the round, the fire incident did not affect any flight operations, because the fire fighters did their best in putting it under cheek in time,” she stated.
The police Airport command’s boss, Mr. Besan Gwana said his men had cordoned off the area, adding:”They will be there until further notice.”
The panic wave caused by the fire saw many passengers at the airport hurrying off to safety when fire bell, accompanied by explosions from the air conditioners were heard.
FAAN’s top management, led by its Managing Director, Mr. Saleh Dunoma, were said to be occupied at the Abuja Airport where works on its runway is ongoing at the time of the fire outbreak, said a staff, who refused to be named.
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