The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Tuesday said it would be uncompromising in the implementation of the Federal Government’s Executive Order at airports in the country.
The Managing Director of FAAN, Mr Saleh Dunoma made this known after a meeting with all the participating agencies at the committee level set up to fast track the implementation of the order at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
“As indicated by the executive order, there will be no compromise with the procedures. This means whatever security procedure or security checks we adopt, will not be compromised. “I told them that we have to meet the deadline set by the executive order. They have mapped out their strategy in line with the order, but they need to meet regularly to ensure that this strategy is adhered to and improved,” Dunoma said.
According to him, attention will be focused on the Lagos airport because it is the key airport, due to its size, complexity and passenger traffic.
”If we get it right in Lagos, we will get it right in other airports. Once we do that, I believe all the other airports will be easy for us. “I am confident that other participating agencies will support FAAN’s efforts to achieve success in the deadline and implementation. “All participating agencies are ready to key into this big committee set up for the implementation. Everybody is contributing positively. “From all indications, all hands are on deck to make sure the executive order is implemented successfully.”
Dunoma said FAAN was fully committed and was ready to give support to all the participating agencies to close any obstacle that may arise.
“The executive order does not give room for pre-checks on luggage. All checks should be done in designated areas. Luggage should not be checked at the departure hall. “Once it is implemented, it must be sustained that is why everybody must own it. The agencies are sitting together now to make sure that they own the executive order. Once you own it, then it will be sustained,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, had on May 18 signed the executive order expected to ease doing business at Nigeria’s airports. The participating agencies are: the Nigerian Police Force, Directorate of State Security, Quarantine Services, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Nigerian Immigration Services, Nigeria Customs Services, FAAN Aviation Security amongst others. (NAN)