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Kaduna Airport Attack: FAAN’s Boss Promises Safety at Nation’s Airports

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…says Airport will not be shut down

…as Senate Committee calls for special security fund in Aviation

 

 

The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Capt. Hamisu Yadudu, has assured of safety of lives and equipment across the Nation’s airports.

Yadudu gave this assurance over the weekend at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, during the oversight function visit by the Senate Committee on Aviation, in reaction to the Saturday’s attack on FAAN’s Staff quarters of the Kaduna International Airport.

He however, said that the Airport will not be shut down, rather, the “State Government and the various security agencies would not relent in their efforts at ensuring safety of humans and equipment at all the airports across the Country,” he said.

According to him, before the unfortunate attack occurred, the management had beefed up security networks at all the nation’s airports, stressing that the current attack would not discourage it from clamping down on any heinous crimes anywhere within the sector.

He said: “This incident is entirely different from closing down the airport. It’s a security concern that we have at our staff quarters. A lot of our staffers do not even live in these quarters. If there is need for us to close, we will close it, but this is even far away from it.

“There is no need for that drastic action. Just small percentage of our staff stay in the staff quarters; the rest are all living in the town. You can see that the staff quarters have fence. We are taking appropriate measures, but like I said, we just have to improve to counter these challenges.”

“The fence was broken, there are security measures; we have security personnel attending to the area, but somehow, somewhere, things happened and now it is time for us to counter as we have been doing always.

“Security is a race. Security challenges will always come and we will improve and on our own part we keep improving to outsmart them. Anytime there is a breach of the security architecture, we will still do the same thing. Our staff members can attest to this, the state government can attest to this and even the security agencies can tell you this.”

He insisted that FAAN had since 2020, further beefed up security at the various airports across the Country, which had foiled attacks in the Sector.

Yadudu maintained that the Agency in collaboration with the other security agencies and the Kaduna State Government would rise to the occasion.

Also, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, in his address lamented that almost 24 hours after kidnappers abducted the Agency’s staff and five family members and three other persons at Kaduna Airport, their abductors were yet to make contact with the Agency.

He sought the cooperation of the National Assembly in protecting assets of NAMA at various stations and airports, stressing that some of its equipment are regularly vandalised by hoodlums.

He warned that this may jeopardise efforts of the government in improving air safety in the Sector.

Responding to the incident, Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Sen. Smart Adeyemi, called for state and local government policing as a way of enhancing the security architecture in and around the Country.

He regretted the sordid security challenges, which had pervaded the Country in recent times, however, he canvassed for embrace of local government policing and stressed that Nigeria as a federating unit should not shy away from taking a decisive action to tackle the menace.

Adeyemi explained that despite the increase in the population of the Country over the years, the security architecture remained same, while Nigeria was faced with porous borders.

He agitated for the restructuring of the entire Country in a bid to address the various security challenges confronting it and wondered why some continued to kick against restructuring.

The Senator maintained that the agitation for restructuring would not lead to secession of the Country as claimed in some quarters.

“There is a need for us to evolve new security architecture for Nigeria. Our population has increased and we are still faced with porous borders. Nigeria is not a clear cut federal system. I don’t know how to describe this country; federal system or unitary system, but I do know that Nigeria is said to be a federation and all nations where federalism is practiced, we do not run a unitary system of policing.

“I think the time has come for Nigeria to evolve a system that will appreciate the size of the nation and the diversities. You don’t recruit a graduate we graduated from University of Maiduguri for instance and you post him to Lagos to come and police. He doesn’t know the system and the areas. So, criminals can take advantage of that.

“What I am saying in essence is that the time has come for Nigeria to look at not just a state police, but a local government policing and that is why in the United States, their security is very effective because when you visit any county, the police are aware of those who live there,” he explained.

In a bid to improve security in the Aviation Industry, Adeyemi appealed to the federal government to make available special funding for the Sector.

Earlier, Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) enumerated paucity of funds, drop in aviation revenues and adequate training for personnel especially technical staff as some of the challenges facing the Agency.

Like others, he appealed to the visiting Senate Committee to partner with the agencies in order to move the Sector forward and provide seamless services to their various clients.

 

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