Maevis Nigeria Ltd said it has remitted N32.5 billion into the coffers of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), stating that it does not know where all the discrepancy in the figures paraded by the latter was coming from.
Speaking to journalists at the Presidential Wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport yesterday, Head of General Service of Maevis Ltd, Mr. Wale Soneye, denied allegation of non-remittance of revenue, stating that since its commencement of operation on August 1, 2008, they have remitted N32.5 billion to the coffers of FAAN out of the N40.5 billion.
These figures according to him, were generated from Lagos and Abuja airports alone.
He also said that $12.2 million was billed by Maevis from the international airlines, but only $8.6million has been collected because of the payment window period offered to international airlines that take some times before it is paid.
He further blamed FAAN for the inability of Maevis to deploy automation facilities to the Kano and Port Harcourt airports as provided in the contract, while challenging FAAN to prove how and where Maevis didn’t remit charge to it.
He said: “FAAN has refused us from continuing the training of its staff on the platform equipment; they have also not given the approval to deploy in Kano and Port Harcourt, and are yet to get the local airlines to give us bank guarantees and standing orders that should make payment of their charges more timely and regular.
“The platform of payment is not personal or company account, but an automated channel run by Zenith and Skye Banks which split the money on monthly basis, automatically transferring the remittances to FAAN, and the two per cent commission to Maevis. We don’t write cheques and no cash transactions.”
He further said, “out of 33 aeronautic charges, we are handling only 3 and of the 6 aeronautical, we only handle 4. It is FAAN that should explain to the world why they want this contract terminated because we have done everything according to the stipulation of the contracts.