Tinubu, Shettima, other VIPs to pay airport access fees – Keyamo 

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Vice President Kashim Shettima and other top government officials would henceforth pay airport tollgate fees, Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Mr Festus Keyamo, has said.

The minister said this Tuesday while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by the Presiden.

He said the government has been experiencing an 82% revenue loss from the e-tags due to their gratuitous distribution.

He said the non-payment of airport access fees by top government officials has led to an annual revenue loss of approximately N10 billion.

The minister said there would be a moratorium until June 2024 to rectify the situation.

“For the aviation sector, we presented two memos and got two approvals. The first approval that we sought and obtained is in respect of mandatory payments of access fees by all visitors at our federal airport tollgates nationwide. No more exemption.

“No more exemption. When we came to office, we met a tradition on the ground where at the end of the year, all manners of VIPs would approach us for what they call complimentary e-tags or complimentary stickers. Whereby you see them coming into our airports nationwide. They don’t pay the access fees. They don’t pay for parking, they don’t pay for essential services at airports, and they are VIPs.

“If this tradition has been existing for years, I will not allow it to happen. Because it is inconceivable that in our country it is the VIPs that don’t pay for services, but it is the poor men that pay for services. The VIPs was supposed to have money to pay for services but they compel poor men to pay for services.

“In fact, guess what? Our memo says with the exception of the President and the Vice President. And the President over ruled me and said he and the Vice President will pay,” he said everybody.