Article Written by Frelancing Writer and Editor Olayinka Sodiq..
For most people especially the first time travelers Travelling out of Nigeria is a worrisome and uncomfortable experience, the process of checking-in at any of the international airports to the point of boarding the aircraft is more stressful, energy consuming, tedious, and frustrating than the process of getting the travel visa itself.
Most cases, travelers cannot move from one point to another without parting with cash as in the form of bribe,
the presence of unnecessary screening points and security personal and is time-consuming and quite embarrassing, some extra screening points aside the normal screening machine are illegal according to the Executive Order signed in 2018 by the Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo (GCON).
expressing the troubles and headache of passengers, this article presents the bunch of problems travelers face at Nigeria’s International airports.
#1. Unfavorable terminal building
Nigeria is still a country whose development is slow and gradual but the state of the terminal building (Lagos in particular) is very uncomfortable, the Distance from Murtala Muhammed International Airport to The Terminal Building is 8,767 km, low/no power supply has become a norm, the entire terminal building stinks and the cooling systems are not enough any longer to sustain the increasing number of travellers.
#2. Airline and airport officials
you tend to wonder if airline and airport officials realize that they are in the aviation sector to offer customer service or to make travelers part with cash in different forms of bribe, it is far fetch from what is obtainable from other international airports all over the world, in the quest of trying to make a traveler part with cash, the airline officials delve into issues beyond the scope of their job, airline officials ask questions about past travelling records which clearly has nothing to do with the current situation. They go as far as declaring you not-qualified to fly even when you have a valid visa and air ticket.
The Federal Government together with the Airport Authority continue their efforts to see that the airports become more user-friendly. But they both need to up their game and see that all the highlighted issues are addressed in due time to save the airport users from all these stress and torment.
#3. Frustrating law enforcement officers
The police stationed at some points in the airport stopping motorists and travellers at will, the Nigerian Customs officials are in the terminal building waiting for the slightest opportunity to extort money from travellers going for their business, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officials ransack your bags without finding any incriminating substance will still keep and delay you just to break you to the point that you will feel delayed and possibly part with cash to appease them.
The Nigerian Immigration Service officials will throw your passport back to you because you didn’t tuck in some cash before submitting it, the State Security Service (SSS) officials are waiting to know how much dollars you are travelling with and looking for hard currencies to exploit.
These law enforcement officials intimidate passengers and make them part with their hard earned monies at the slightest opportunity. They do these these acts with great pride and strength you would think its legal.
#4. Impatient car towing officials
The inhuman towing van company that operates particularly in Lagos airport are really unbearable, your vehicle wheels can be clamped for stopping at a bus stop asking for directions within the airport, they will waste no time to impound your vehicle and tow it to their office while you are forced to part with the sum of N50,000 as a fine for the supposed wrong parking, they are mostly inside private cars normally parked somewhere around the supposed no-parking areas (even though there will not be any sign to indicate that), thereby attracting other motorists looking for a parking space, they watch you park and turn off your car engine before they pounce or jump out of the car/hideout to impound your car.
#5. Unbearable Traffic congestion
This happens to be a major problem at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja-Lagos, the traffic congestion being experienced at the airport road is unbearable which leads to missed flights. you could spend 3-hours on a 5 to 10 minutes journey, passengers that travel light are left with the option of using a bike to the terminal building to avoid missing their flights .
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