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FAAN, NSA To Eliminate Multiple Security Checks At Airports

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) have moved to reduce the number of military and paramilitary personnel having physical contact with passengers and their baggage at various international airports.

The FAAN Managing Director Olubunmi Kuku said at the weekend both agencies had agreed to carry out short and long-term measures to address multiple checks by security officials. Over the years, there have been complaints about the multiple baggage checks at the airports.

According to Kuku, there are plans to ensure that security personnel use the Closed-circuit television (CCTV) installed in various airport coordination rooms to monitor luggage. She said the agency is disturbed by multiple checks at the airports, adding that she sat down with the NSA Mallam Nuhu Ribadu to discuss how to streamline the facilitation processes. The MD said: “On the issue of checking baggage, it bothers me so much.

That was the first thing about which I inquired when I assumed office. “As far back as 2011 and 2012, when I was in the industry, it was something I worked on with the former minister. “It goes beyond FAAN because a lot of those agencies, including the Nigeria Customs Service, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), we have almost everybody at the airports.

“We had Executive Order 001 during the Buhari administration to move them out under the office of the Vice President. “Now, we have the National Single Window. “I have personally sat with the NSA over the last five weeks to have conversations with him as to how we will streamline the facilitation. “We have agreed on a few things.

The first one is a short term intervention where we reduce the number of agencies at the airports because we have some that were doing just sort of routine checks, just moving around to observe rather than disturbing passengers.

“The second is the longer term, a joint coordination room. We do have cameras, so we are asking all of those agencies, depending on what it is they are looking for, to move to the joint coordination room to look at the cameras and observe. For those who are more concerned with the baggage, they can move down to where we load the bags. That way, they have better visibility rather than disturbing passengers.”

 

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