Not too long ago, a Nigerian traveling to Europe documented a power outage at Murtala Mohamed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. The outage was in the terminal and based on the description given by the gentleman filming, individuals were boarding planes in darkness.
And now, it has been reported that a fire department at the same airport recently went for hours without electricity. The fire department is located next to the Presidential wing of the airport.
It goes without saying that power outages at an airport are unacceptable. They create security concerns and put the life and welfare of air travelers in jeopardy. Considering that groups like Boko Haram and MEND have used violence to make their presence known, any lapses especially at a soft target such as an international airport suggest a failure to understand the measures needed to prevent unnecessary catastrophes. Hopefully, with the promised increases in power generation planned for the end of 2009, such repeats of electricity outages at Nigeria's airports will become a thing of the past.
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