This article aims to answer the common question among prospective corps members: “How much does FAAN (Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria) pay to Corpers?” Many graduates preparing for their National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) service year are interested in finding placements at organizations that offer substantial monthly stipends and possibly accommodation during their service period. FAAN is one such organization, along with others like NERC, FIRS, NNPC, and various oil companies, that are sought after as preferred places of primary assignment (PPA) for Corps members.
This article primarily focuses on detailing the amount of money that Corps members serving at FAAN can expect to receive as part of their stipend.
Before delving into the specifics of FAAN’s payments to Corps members, the article offers a quick overview of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, including its history, functions, and relevant information to help readers better understand the organization. Towards the end of the article, a list of airports operated by FAAN is also provided.
Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)
The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) is a government service organization with a mandate to oversee and manage all commercial airports in Nigeria. Its responsibilities encompass serving both passenger and cargo airlines, with the primary goal of fostering the economic and efficient development of air transport and related services. FAAN’s headquarters are situated at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
The establishment of the legal framework for aviation regulation in Nigeria can be traced back to the 1964 Civil Aviation Act, which brought all aspects of aviation under government control. This move placed the responsibility for upgrading the country’s air transport infrastructure to accommodate the increasing number of flights and larger aircraft squarely on the Nigerian government.
In 1971, the Nigerian government enlisted the expertise of Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO) to conduct surveys of existing international airports, create master plans, and perform feasibility and economic impact studies for the modernization of Lagos Airport and 13 other airports across the nation. This marked the commencement of the first phase of airport development in the 1970s, reflecting the government’s commitment to enhancing its aviation infrastructure to meet the demands of a growing industry.
The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has undergone significant developments in its history:
- Establishment in 1976: FAAN was established through Decree 45 of 1976, with its primary mandate being the oversight, operation, and maintenance of all Federal Airports in Nigeria.
- Renaming in 1995: In August 1995, the Civil Aviation Reform led to the renaming of the Nigeria Airports Authority (NAA) to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). This restructuring also involved realigning some of the organization’s functionalities.
- Upgrade and Remodeling in 2013: In 2013, the Federal Ministry of Aviation initiated a comprehensive rehabilitation program, marking one of the most ambitious projects in the aviation industry’s history in Nigeria. This program focused on the remodeling and rehabilitation of 22 federal government-owned airports across the country. The goal was to enhance airport facilities, increase their capacity, and improve the overall travel experience for passengers. As of now, this program is reported to be 90 percent complete, indicating a substantial modernization effort within the Nigerian aviation sector.
- In 2015, a significant achievement was reached as Nigeria received Category One certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This certification was the result of a comprehensive assessment of Nigeria’s aviation safety regulations, procedures, and airport facilities. The Category One certification essentially signified that Nigeria met the stringent safety standards set by the FAA, enabling bilateral air connections between Nigeria and the United States.
Function of FAAN
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) is entrusted with several key functions to ensure the effective and safe operation of air transport in the country:
- Development and Maintenance: FAAN is responsible for the development, provision, and maintenance of all essential services and facilities at airports. This encompasses ensuring the safe, orderly, efficient, and cost-effective operation of air transport within Nigeria.
- Security: FAAN must provide adequate facilities and personnel to enhance security at all airports. This is crucial to safeguarding passengers, cargo, and the overall aviation infrastructure.
- Promoting Air Transport: The authority’s role includes creating an environment conducive to air travel for both passengers and cargo. It also involves facilitating the use of aircraft for various gainful purposes while regulating the carriage of specific goods by air.
- Passenger and Freight Handling: FAAN is responsible for providing accommodation and other essential facilities to handle passengers and cargo efficiently. This includes ensuring that airports have the necessary infrastructure to facilitate smooth travel and cargo operations.
- Economic and Commercial Activities: FAAN has the authority to engage in economic and commercial activities relevant to air transport. These activities should not conflict with the organization’s core functions but can contribute to its overall mission.
- Service Charges: The authority is entitled to charge for the services it provides at airports. This includes fees for various services offered to airlines, passengers, and cargo handlers, which help sustain and improve airport infrastructure and operations.
How Much Does FAAN Pay Corpers?
Corpers serving at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) receive a monthly stipend, which can range from N5,000 to N35,000. The exact amount of payment varies depending on the state where the Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) is located. It’s worth noting that while some PPAs provide accommodation for Corps members, others do not offer this benefit.
FAAN is considered a favorable place to serve during the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program. Corps members can be posted to various departments within FAAN, and the roles they take on depend on their academic disciplines. For example, some may be assigned to the Corporate Affairs Department, to serve as Legal/Admin Secretaries, based on their qualifications and field of study.
However, there are various FAAN organizations in Nigeria to which you can be assigned, depending on the state where you are posted. In the following section, we provide a list of some of these organizations.
List of Airports Owned and Operated by FAAN
Here’s a list of airports owned and operated by FAAN:
- Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport
- Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport
- Murtala Muhammed International Airport
- Port Harcourt International Airport
- Kaduna Airport
- Maiduguri International Airport
- Yakubu Gowon Airport
- Yola Airport
- Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport
- Margaret Ekpo International Airport
- Akanu Ibiam International Airport
- Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport
- Ibadan Airport
- Ilorin Airport
- Bida Airstrip
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