By Patrick Aigbokhan
The Federal Airports of Nigeria, FAAN has said it is set to take up aircraft emergencies of any kind should the need arise.
The authority disclosed the development in a statement signed by Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, after it carried out a simulation exercise at the airside of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja on Wednesday.
The exercise was aimed at demonstrating the Authority’s readiness to attend to aircraft emergencies of any kind should the need arise.
Speaking at the simulation exercise, Engr. Saleh Dunoma, Managing Director, FAAN, who was represented by Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, Director of Airport Operations, noted that the exercise was meant to confirm that FAAN has the right equipment, manpower and strategy to perform its statutory duties.
He emphasized that the exercise was also necessary in ensuring the certification of the airport.
Also in attendance was Deputy General Manager, Aerodrome Rescue Fire Fighting Services (ARFFS), Victor Akinlabi Akinselure, Airport Manager, NAIA, Abuja, M.L. Sani, General Manager Safety, Elifue Agbi and Director of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Odunowo Mohammed and many other top management staff.
Some of the agencies involved in the exercise were NCAA, NAHCO, NEMA, LASEMA, Nigerian Army, Nigeria Security & Civil Defence Corps, Port Health Services and Lagos State Response Unit.
FAAN however assured airport users and the general public that it will continue to deliver on its core mandates of ensuring safety and security at the nation’s airports.