ith the expansion of
airport facilities nationwide, especially departures and arrivals and the provision of new screening machines, the aviation security (AVSEC) of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) needs additional manpower, put at over 2000 to ensure comprehensive coverage of strategic parts of the airports.
A senior official in AVSEC told newsmen that FAAN was seeking for approval from the National Assembly so that the funds needed to pay the new staff when recruited would be appropriated.
The source said that the first 11 airports that have been remodeled, have new security screening equipment installed in most of them but there are not enough security officers to man them, the same with new arrivals and departures that may have been added, like at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, where the E and D wings have been expanded with two arrivals and two departures.
According to him, there have been additional 30 screening machines at the Lagos airport alone and each machine is manned by four persons and for those operating 24 hours have three shifts which means more security officers have to be recruited and the installation of such equipment has been replicated in other remodeled airports, in the country.
Also there are additional access gates and vacancies at the cargo terminal of the Lagos airport that urgently need more staff to man the security areas.
“The newly expanded facilities and installed equipment need corresponding manpower MMIA has additional machines, newly expanded areas without correspondent security personnel to man the places, so AVSEC is in dire need of additional personnel for effective security of the airports”, he said.
There should be additional security personnel to man the new arrivals and departures, down to the basement where additional baggage screening machines have been installed.
He said that in the newly remodeled airports, in Benin, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Sokoto, Yola, Enugu and others also need additional security manpower, adding that it is urgent that new security personnel are recruited and trained to man the areas that are presently not adequately covered at the airports.