FAAN Assures Adequate Security At Airports


Director of Security Services, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Usman Sadiq, has assured adequate security in the nation’s airports.
According to him, defensive measures are consistently being reviewed and strengthened since airports and aircrafts are targets for hijack, gun running, drug trafficking and sabotage.
He said that airports remained attractive and vulnerable targets because of the critical role it played in fast movement of passengers and goods.
Sadiq, a retired Group Captain, who disclosed this to aviation correspondents in Port Harcourt, noted that the Aviation Security (AVSEC ) personnel had continued to put in their best to meet up with current challenges.
“In order to succeed, FAAN management has approved and paid for the best equipment in the market, training of staff has improved greatly and most airport facilities are being upgraded to meet the expected standards.
“So on the whole I think we are not doing badly, and we shall not relent in our efforts. The United Nations Counter Terrorism implementation taskforce, in conjunction with the UK government, has established two schools in Lagos and Abuja for training in counter terrorism.
“Infact, all stakeholders especially the security agents are putting in their best to ensure that terrorism in whatever guise did not gain ground in any of our airports,” he said.
Sadiq maintained that AVSEC played crucial roles in the recent certification of airports such as preventing incursion into the airfield, access control, and sterilisation of the airport operations area.
According to him the staff undergo trainings and qualifier examinations or certification test before they are considered fit to man or protect facilities within airports.