By Patrick Aigbokhan
In compliance with the provisions of the Executive Order (EO) recently approved by the presidency, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has approved five government security agencies to enforce compliance to the Federal Government’s initiative at all Terminals accross the nation.
The agencies include the Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS); Nigerian Customs Services (NCS); National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA); State Security Services (SSS); Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit and Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS).
FAAN disclosed the development in a statement signed by management of the authority, stating the specific functions of each agency at the terminals.
In line with their functions, the Nigerian Immigration Services and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency will both operate at the terminals’ arrivals and departures; Nigerian Customs Services and Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services, respectively, will operate at the arrival and Cargo Terminals only.
As parts of principles of operation, NIS; NCS and NDLEA must always appear in uniform and with undetectable name tags.
Also, operations of the SSS will focus on intelligence gathering, while the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit will only function on call at the baggage hall.
“All affected agencies are enjoined to please, enforce strict compliance,”, FAAN emphasises.
It would be recalled that Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on May 18, signed three far-reaching orders to ease business, fast track budget submissions and promote made in Nigeria goods.
Following the development, agencies under the Federal Ministry of Aviation, including FAAN, have since indicated their readiness to comply fully with the initiative in their relevant sections of operations in the industry.
While inspecting the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos recently, Engr. Saleh Dunoma Managing Director/CEO, FAAN, explained the authority’s readiness status of implementation on the EO at various airports around the country.
Engr. Dunoma said, “We are here at Murtala Muhammed Airport to look at the implementation of the Executive Order. We are at various stages of the implementation and we are working with all the security agencies and other stakeholders at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and indeed with other international airports around the country to make sure the Executive Order is implemented and We have met 60 per cent of the requirements needed in order to make sure the Executive Order is implemented.
“We have held series of meeting with the stakeholders. So far, every agency is working on certain aspects as it concerns them. But FAAN, the overall supervisor of the operations at the airport is coordinating all this and of course, FAAN has certain things to do. We need to improve on some certain infrastructure. This infrastructure is being put in place so that other participating agencies will find it easy to implement their bit of the Executive Order.”