FAAN Confirms Blackout @ Lagos Int’l Airport, Blames ‘Automatic Switchover…Challenges’


The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Saturday evening confirmed disruption of electricity supply at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos, which resulted in total blackout.

The Authority made this known in a post on its official X handle, stating that efforts were being made to fix and restore power supply at the facility.

On Saturday, a video energed on a microblogging platform, capturing the sudden power outage at the airport.

The incident had left travellers in the dark for three minutes, eliciting several reactions from travellers and store owners who mocked the state of infrastructure at the facility.

In its response, FAAN explained that the incident happened during the process of switching power sources after losing electricity from the national grid.

The agency said it was working hard to restore the supply, adding that alternative sources were currently being used.

Said FAAN: “We experienced a 2-3 minute outage at Murtala Muhammed International Airport yesterday, February 2nd 2024 while switching over to our backup power supply after losing power from the Grid.

“The electrical team has identified the challenges with the automatic switch over and is working judiciously to restore this immediately. 

“We have put a plan in place leveraging the alternative sources of power to ensure we do not have a recurrence”.

Speaking on the matter also, Olubunmi Kuku, the substantive managing director of FAAN, expressed regret over the blackout.

Said she: “We regret the power outage that occured at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, on February 2, 2024”.

The FAAN boss said the agency had “an unexpected hiccup when we tried to switch to our backup power supply & automatic switchover had a little trouble”.

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