Aviation Minister Keyamo Vows to Eradicate Begging, Extortion at Int’l Airports

The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Mr. Festus Keyamo has assured Nigerians that he will put an end to the ‘practice’ of begging and extortion by airport workers at the International Airports in the country.

Mr. Keyamo in a post on X, formerly Twitter on Sunday expressed dissatisfaction over the unethical conduct, describing it as a ‘menace’.

“I have received several complaints about the menace of begging and extortion at our International airports by a few unscrupulous persons who give all of us a bad image. My phones are beeping every minute with messages about this from well-meaning Nigerians.

“Just to set the records straight, most of the agencies involved in this menace are not under the control of the Aviation Ministry, though they are stationed at our airports,” he stated.

The minister, however, said that he has been working closely with other ministers, arms of government and agencies who are responsible for the agencies, stressing that “a solution is in sight soon.”

“We are all working under the coordination of the National Security Adviser who called a meeting a few days ago on this issue and we shall soon unveil practical steps being taken to stem this ugly tide. We thank Nigerians for their eternal vigilance on this issue,” the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) added.

Hope Ejairu

Hope Ejairu is a writer, sports analyst and journalist, with publications on print and digital media. He holds certifications in various media/journalism trainings, including AFP.

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