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FAAN Shuts KFC Outlet at MMIA over Alleged Discrimination of Gbenga Daniel’s Son

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has closed the KFC outlet at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) over an alleged discriminating treatment of a Passenger with Reduced Mobility (PRM) identified as Mr. Debola Daniel.

FAAN said that the decision was taken as stated in the Lagos State law on People with Special Needs.

Mr. Debola Daniel, the son of former Governor of Ogun State and current Senator representing Ogun East, Mr. Gbenga Daniel had expressed dissatisfaction regarding his experience on X, formerly Twitter on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, FAAN in a statement issued by its Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Mrs. Obiageli Orah on Thursday announced the closure of KFC.

“In line with Lagos State law on People with Special Needs , Part C, section 55 of General Provisions on Discrimination which states that, ‘A person shall not deprive another person of access to any place, vehicle or facility that members of the public are entitled to enter or use on the basis of the disability of that person”, the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has closed the KFC facility at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos with effect from March 28, 2024.

“This is as a result of a social media report by a Passenger with Reduced Mobility (PRM), alleging discriminating treatment he received at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos,” the statement reads in part.

It was revealed that the MD/CEO of FAAN, Mrs. Olubunmi Kuku intervened swiftly by deploying a management team comprising the Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Mrs. Obiageli Orah; the Regional Manager South West, Mr. Sunday Ayodele; Ag. General Manager Public Affairs, Mrs. Ijeoma Nwosu-Igbo and the International Terminal Manager, Mr. Kerri, to investigate the allegation.

“It is based on the findings of the team that FAAN has shut down the KFC facility at the MMIA, where the incident occurred.”

The Authority directed the KFC Management to write an unreserved apology to Mr. Daniel, coupled with a policy statement of non-discrimination – and should be pasted conspicuously at the door post of their facility at MMIA before it resumes operation.

FAAN also expressed its unreserved apology to Mr. Daniel – and assured all airport users that it shall continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the rights of every passenger are not infringed upon.

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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