By Patrick Aigbokhan
As part of moves to boost her safety and security programs around the country’s airports, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has wounded up measures to beam up security at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The authority recently carried out a test-run on an upgraded baggage scanner machine that can detect explosives, narcotics and other prohibited items at the Lagos airport.
Engr. Saleh Dunoma, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, FAAN, who disclosed the development in a statement that signed by Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, the authority’s Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, said his interest is to make sure the airports are safe and secure, protect lives and provide machines of immense benefits to airlines and all stakeholders.
“This scanner is intended to complement the Executive Order recently issued by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and to also assist the operations of other agencies at the airport, making them more efficient.
Our intent is to deploy these scanners to our international airports but this depends on the outcome of its performance in Lagos,” Engr. Dunoma said.
While also speaking on the development, supplier of the machine, Engr. Akin Mustapha, said, “This is an Astrophysics Baggage Scanner which is manufactured in California, USA. It will identify hidden threats in carry-on items and checked-in baggages at airports. It has high penetration steel and it can detect explosives and narcotics. It has six colour generation and that enables it to do a proper analysis of objects that go into it, better than others. It is highly reliable and very sensitive. In other airports around the world, they are taking away other machines and replacing them with this machine (Astrophysics) for upgrade and efficiency”.
“With Superior image quality and innovative features including Six Color Imaging for increased object identification and Screener Assist for automatic programmable detection, Astrophysics provides operators with the advanced tools required for quick and reliable airport screening.”
FAAN however reinstated commitment to put all necessary measures in place in line with international aviation standards and recommended best practices to enhance safety and security at the airports.