Lagos State chapter of Hotel Owners Association has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the ongoing probe to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
Speaking with journalists in Lagos, the spokesman of the association, Jubril Agabi, alleged that the organisation, which is statutorily charged to manage all commercial airports in Nigeria, has turned to an organ of exploitation to hotel owners. He added that rather than encourage hotels to promote tourism in Nigeria, FAAN is trying to throw them out of business.
According to him, the official price for five square metre space in the airport is N40.000, but the officials ask hotel owners to pay as much as N5 million.
He noted that in other climes, hotel owners are encouraged to showcase their hotel at the airports as a way of promoting tourism but the reverse has become the case in Nigeria.
“We are appealing to President Buhari to beam his search light on the organisation because it is stinking with corruption.
Federal Government is talking about diversifying from oil and we, the hotel owners are ready to use our hard earned investment to support government in this regard but we are being discouraged by the exploiting tendencies of FAAN officials.