FAAN refutes Bi-Courtney’s claim over GAT takeover

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, yesterday stated that the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos did not rule that the Bi- Courtney Aviation Services Limited, BASL, should take over the management of the General Aviation Services, GAT, of the Murtala Mohammed Airport, MMA, Lagos. FAAN described the claim by BASL was false, misleading and mischievous, insisting that the judge in his ruling did not mention or even imply in any way, that GAT would be taken over by Bi-Courtney.

An online statement signed by the General Manager, Public Affairs, FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati stated that there are numerous cases between FAAN and Bi- Courtney in the court, adding that the case in question was instituted by FAAN asking for some reliefs, one of which was that Bi-Courtney be made to pay its accrued debts to the agency, in compliance with the terms of the concession agreement, which it alleged the concessionaire had flouted at will.

Dati explained that during the hearing, BASL’s lawyer raised the point that there was a clause in the concession agreement for alternate dispute resolution to resolve disputes in the agreement and that FAAN had not utilised that and other alternative options for resolving the dispute before instituting the case.

The judge, according to the statement, agreed with BASL’s lawyer and asked the parties to go back and resolve the dispute, using the appropriate provisions in the agreement, failing which they should come back to the court. FAAN, asked members of the public especially aviation stakeholders, to discountenance the false information being peddled around by the company.

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