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Nigerian Aviation Road Map Designed To Revolutionalise Sector— FAAN

Posted: Mar 29, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

….Assured Travellers Of Adequate Security


The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN),  explained that the aviation road map was designed to revolutionalise the industry and increase revenue.

This is contained in a statement signed by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati, and given to aviation correspondents in Lagos.

The statement added that the road map entails institutionalising world class safety and security standards, through institutional reforms and development of infrastructure in Nigerian airports.

It said FAAN, under the leadership of Mr. Salem Dunoma, had remained committed to upgrading infrastructure in all the airports to make them conform to international standards.

“Recent figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics attest to the fact that Nigeria has grown appreciably in recent years; from 13,891,677 passengers in 2010 to 14,899,958 passengers lifted in 2013.

“Surely, this growth is the outcome of deliberate strategic transformation by the government in the sector and indeed, a key performance indicator that the reforms are yielding positive outcomes.

“A further boost of confidence came earlier this week when the American Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which has just completed a security assessment tour of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, gave the airport high marks.

“The US team also commended FAAN for what it called consistency methodology in the implementation of TSA Security procedures which are of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards,” it said.

According to the statement, the Lagos airport has benefited from the upgrade of Air Navigational Services as well as aerodrome and ground aids, enabling a fine mix of technology and human interface.

The statement said it had received massive improvements with security scanners installed at various passenger processing and baggage handling points that could detect liquid explosives and other potentially offensive materials.

“New access control and monitoring systems, with tighter access control procedures have been put in place to keep away unauthorised persons from sterile areas of the airport.

“The new Close Circuit Television (CCTV) systems have also been installed to enhance security at the airport with perimeter fencing reinforced to keep out unwanted access to runways.

“FAAN has increased motorised perimeter patrols, and installed remote electronic intruder monitoring systems and security tower observation.

“The parameter access road has been reconstructed in order to facilitate patrols and enhance security,” it added.

In a related development, the management of FAAN has assured members of the public, especially passengers and airline operators, that necessary operational and security measures have been put in place at airports in the country to ensure hitch-free passage of passengers and cargo during the festivity.

This was made known in an online statement made available to journalists by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Yakubu Dati.

Dati stated that passenger facilitation at airports has also been enhanced by the installation of more modern and bigger conveyor belts and metal walk-through detectors.

He further disclosed that the expansion and modernisation of all the airport terminals in the country now provide better ambience for passenger facilitation and commercial offerings.

Dati, who wished passengers safe and enjoyable Easter celebrations, advised passengers to make use of the online portal to book their flights and not to attempt to carry unauthorised item while travelling.

According to him, “Passengers are hereby advised to take advantage of online portals to book their flights ahead of time and avoid carrying unauthorised items. The Close Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) mounted around the airport vicinity is to aid the joint security efforts.

“Furthermore, travelers are encouraged to leave home early on their travel dates, in order to complete their boarding facilities in good time,” he advised.