The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced that this year’s safety week holding in the last week of September at the various airports across the nation, would focus on stakeholders collaboration.
General Manager, Safety, FAAN, Nath Mcabraham-Inajoh, disclosing this in a media chat with aviation journalists said the Authority will hold stakeholders’ meetings with its neighbours in each of the airports, essentially to engage them on their role in the pursuit of safety at the airports.
He said: “I’ll like to emphasise stakeholders’ collaboration. We will engage them. We will highlight issues such as airport encroachment, incursion and some environmental activities that attract wildlife.
“For instance, agriculture, waste disposal which could attract birds around the airport would be discussed with our neighbours.
“You hear what the MD just said, people jump the fence to access the airport and still have audacity to challenge FAAN’s security.
“These elements and similar others we would like to meet. We want them to understand that FAAN is their friend. We want them to know that as the airport grows, aviation grows, and we can employ their youth and some FAAN businesses could even spillover to their communities.
“So stakeholders engagement is fundamental to us during the safety week.”
Commenting on how FAAN manages insider threat, Mcabraham-Inajoh said there would be series of engagement with FAAN’s staff to further emphasised the importance of safety.
“It is now widely known that safety is everybody’s business. That you’ve compromised safety doesn’t mean you’ll be safe when the chips are down. So safety actually is an ongoing engagement,” he said.
The General Manager disclosed that the theme for the safety week this year is, “Training, the key to resuming activities,” stressing that training is important and has been mandated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that all staff in the airports undergo some training programme to be familiar with safety issues.
He added that the training becomes necessary because of the challenge the world has gone through as brought about by the global pandemic. “It is important to adopt new ways of doing things.
“So we’ve been doing a lot in the area of training. Part of the focus is to ensure that our staffers are compliant in all safety areas,” he explained.
On safety threat posed by those who are very familiar with the airports; either retired or formerly worked with one of the airport’s customers company and as such can freely navigate around the airport, Mcabraham-Inajoh said that was purely access control which the security directorate is working on. “But you cannot say they shouldn’t come to the airport, but it must be controlled. So it’s part of issues we’re working on,” he pointed out.
He added that selling of tickets in the airport would not compromise safety but required everyone within the terminal to observe COVID-19 safety protocols.
“Physical distancing, washing of hands with soap and water, sanitising the hands, submitting for body temperature check, are all factors that will make business in the airports safer.”
Earlier in his response, the Managing Director, FAAN, Rabiu Yadudu, noted that safety week is something celebrated world over to draw more awareness and understanding and support.
“Safety is very silent, there are things that you see physically that will draw attention but safety is something you will not know is missing till things happen,” he noted further.
Yadudu explained that aviation is a very delicate business and if there is no safety, nobody will fly.
According to him, safety means delivery almost 100 per cent all the time because at 90 per cent no one will fly.
“If you know 90 per cent you’d be going home and 10 per cent you wouldn’t, no one will fly. So it has to approach 100 per cent because without safety, no confidence and without confidence no flying.
“There must be confidence that aviation can take you from home to your business that gives you the confidence to fly.
“That confidence allows all of us to be here as aviators from airlines to airports companies to fuellers and ground handlers, everybody. It is everybody’s responsibility especially the media,” he explained.