Speaking to Aviation reporters today, officials of DACAA said they have operated from the MMA2 terminal over 10 years and the fact that the cargo area has become an all comers affair has created security laxity where anyone could do whatever they like and get away with it.
According to the association represented by its Chairman, Mr. Monday Subair and Treasurer Mr. Odia series of verbal and written communication have been exchanged between DACAA and the BASL management yet the situation is still as it is as they have warned of an impending crisis.
A letter addressed to the BASL Cargo Manager and obtained by Nigerianflightdeck also hinted that the association members had agreed that each member contribute #2 per kilogram for every consignment as individual contribution to the uplifting of the association but that BASL’s denial to allow them take record of direct cargo from members is hindering that.
The letter dated January 19, 2021 and signed by the DACAA Chairman in part read,” In our September general meeting it was unanimously agreed by over 200 members in attendance that each member should contribute #2 per kg for every consignment as individual contributions towards the smooth running of the association as well as welfare of our members
“It was agreed in the association’s various meetings with the GSAs as to their cooperation in this regard and we make bold to say their cooperation has been encouraging. Hence, we are officially writing you this letter as a notice and your approval would be our gracious expectations
Earlier while speaking, Mr. Odia had said, “When they started operations 2007, we went with our lawyers to tell them about cargo, they didn’t know what was cargo, as they were asking what was cargo and after they started they said there was no cargo shed that we should come and take a shop and the language used was ‘it is not in their master plan’ They said they’d have an office block and when they are done we would take an office space, we laughed.
“When they finished the airport, they now ceded excess baggage to our brother Ahmed, in less than three four months they began to see something they did not expect, money they were making and realised, ‘ah this excess baggage, is this what these people were talking about. They now removed the block there and constructed a cargo shed, our proposal at the beginning.
“Unfortunately, after the construction, they have refused to recognize us as an association body to handle cargo in the place. As an association body, we were saying allow us to handle it so we can stop touting there, it should not be all comers affairs. We asked those others coming from outside to join us, they said no, it’s an open shed and all manners of people were coming in.
On the hindrance faced by DACAA to collect their #2per kg he said, “We go there to send cargo and as an association we collect stipends from each cargo which we use to finance our association, allow us this access to records, we will ask and they will not allow us take record. There are cargos that come to us straight, we take these records, some go there straight and are for our members and so they’ve not be cooperating in this area.”