Earlier this year, I shared a video clip of a power outage at Nigeria's Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. The video, shot by a Nigerian travelling through the airport, showed a complete blackout in the terminal section of the airport.
Well, it seems the federal government aims to address the issue by pumping N4.6BN in electricity investment into the location. That money will specifically be used to purchase generators for the airport and a contract was given to Mantrac Nigeria Ltd. An official of the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), explained the need for new generators, saying,
"the existing 2.25MVA generators are over 30 years old and they can no longer cope with the present load demand, with increase in passenger and aircraft traffic... The condition necessitates the upgrading of the existing generators to the 3.88MW which have all the necessary accessories to cope with the increasing load demand at the airport."
It must be pointed out that even if Nigeria had consistent electricity supply, its airports would still need generators to function. Generators are typically installed for backup purposes to ensure safety and security. In the case of MMA, the problem is that these generators have become a primary means of managing and maintaining electricity supply at the airport. Nevertheless, it is better to have the necessary equipment to keep the airport running smoothly. And now that a near crash was thankfully avoided due to the failure of the airport's new radar equipment, one can only hope that authorities will wake up and do things properly and professionally. Hopefully, the rest of the nation will have better electricity supply, and not diesel powered generators or darkness to rely upon.