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FAAN deploys new equipment at airports to improve safety

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, said it has deployed new equipment at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, NAIA and Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos for the safety of the flying public.

FAAN’s director of aviation security services, Usman Sadiq, made this known during an interview with Nigeria’s news agency on Saturday in Abuja.

According to him, the equipment includes screening machines, IED vapor detectors and hand-held scanners.

The director, who said some of the areas at the airports were now automated, added that the Federal Executive Council, the FEC, had approved the deployment of K9, which were the canine dogs.

He said FAAN had concluded the distribution of weapons to its personnel to cover areas that would normally not be covered without this type of protective equipment.

He said: “The deployment of security equipment was based on the dynamic challenges of different airports, as well as their respective threat assessments.

“Based on the threat assessments, we looked at the areas that require this equipment, for example, they called Makurdi today to ask for additional scouting machines. We must therefore work in this direction.

“Therefore, it is based on the demand and the availability of the budget, as we present our budget requests and wait for the results. But we don’t relax, rather we make sure that most of these requirements are met.

The director assured that all international airports would very soon be well covered from a security point of view.

According to him, a lot has been practically covered regarding the arrival of the new terminals built by China Engineering Construction Corporation, CCECC.

Mr Sadiq, who said the federal government has approved the provision of CCTV cameras at virtually all airports, added that the aviation safety department is currently trying to see the gaps available that require full coverage.

In the upcoming Safety Week, he said that greater awareness would be created by making people aware of the need to promote the culture of safety.

NAN reports that ACI-Africa Security Week begins on October 25.

ACI-Africa is the international association of African airports that serves as the voice of African airports, with the main objective of representing and advancing the collective security and safety interests of African airports.

The director said ACI-Africa would make people vigilant and aware of threats around them, whether perceived or real.

“We want everyone to make it a daily thing. This is one of the elements of the safety culture that we are talking about, ”he said.

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