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, 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,” Mr. 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.
Mr. 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.
Also, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority said it had put in place measures to ensure full and sustained compliance with the Federal Government’s Executive Order at airports in the country.
The General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, said the agency’s Director General, Muhtar Usman, had directed all Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) to monitor the level of compliance with the order.
Mr. Adurogboye said this was alongside their statutory oversight responsibilities at the airports, as enshrined in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations 2015 (Nig.CARs 2015).
“All aviation parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Aviation, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nigeria Meteorological Agency (Nimet) and Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) have since commenced compliance to the order.
“On its part, NCAA has prepared a standard document outlining its core functions and services, appropriate charges, fees, licences, waivers and other tax-related processes, in adherence to the order.
“The schedule contains mode of communication of official decisions to the various applicants for our sundry services,” Mr. Adurogboye said in the statement issued in Lagos.
According to him, this information, together with other vital information, for ease of doing business in the Nigerian aviation sector are contained in the official website of the NCAA.
He said the federal government had handed down the order with the view to eliminate the unnecessary bureaucracy that impedes business activities at Nigeria’s airports.
Mr. Adurogboye added that it would improve safety, security and facilitation of passengers within and around the airports.
He said the NCAA director general was in constant discussions with the heads of aviation agencies to ensure sustained adherence to the order by the agencies and continuous surveillance by the regulatory authority.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, had on May 18 signed three far-reaching executive orders expected to ease business, fast-track budget submission and promote made in Nigeria products.
The participating agencies include 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.