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Police, BASL renew MoU on security at MMA2

The Nigeria Police and Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) have renewed their partner- ship aimed at improving safety and security at the Murtala Muhammad Airport Two, Teminal 2 (MMA2). The two bodies renewed the Memorandum of Understanding that had been in place over 16 years between the two organisations. The renewal was done on Friday during an inaugural courtesy visit to the terminal by the Commissioner of Police, Airport Com- mand, CP Ebong E. Ebibwa, and his team, including Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Kayode Sunday, and the management of BASL. The senior management team of BASL, led by Acting Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Tosan Duncan, while receiving the law enforcement officials, said the re- newed synergy was strategic and key to safe air travels and deepening of economic prosperity for the state and the country.

Other members of staff of BASL on the entourage were, Blessing Ewah, Head of Operations; Monica Oguta, Head of Aviation Security (AvSec); Tinuola Dapo-Awosika, Head of Human Resources; Oluwatosin Onalaja, Head of Corporate Communications; Nofisat Adeniran, Head of Safety; Oluremi Jibodu, Head of Aeronautical and Cargo Services; Chidoka Uchechukwu, Head of Technical Services; Kola Bamigboye, Head of Space and Premises; and Gbubemi Aibangbee, Head of Marketing. Mr. Abiodun Odude, a former Commissioner of Police and Chief Security Officer to BASL, was also in attendance. In her remarks, Duncan commended the police officials for their commitment to maintaining a high-level security within and around the terminal. She also recognized the support of the Nigeria Air Force in supporting this same laudable overview. She emphasised the importance of providing a safe and peaceful environment for busi- nesses and individuals to thrive, saying beyond the MoU, BASL was willing and ready to support the Nigeria Police on other develop- mental initiatives. Duncan stressed that BASL was actively involved in addressing Nigeria’s socio economic challenges through human capital development and strategic partnerships with state and non-state actors. “We are not saying this for the sake of it.

We want this interface to translate into concrete output. We want to see programmes and projects we can partner with the Police on to sustain and improve security of our infrastructure, businesses, and the Nigerian people who use our facility and that of our customers’ daily,” Duncan, added. In his response, CP Ebibwa affirmed that his visit aimed to address the concerns raised by BASL and assured the company of the police command’s unwavering support. The Police Chief emphasised the importance of safety and security in the aviation business and expressed the police’s commitment to providing their professional expertise.

His remarks: “I am very happy to visit Bi-Courtney Aviation Ser- vices Limited, the Operator of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Ter- minal Two today, one of Nigeria’s most important business investments. “The purpose of my visit is part- ly to familiarize myself with the environment, particularly important stakeholders as the management of the MMA2 Terminal, assure you of my command’s unwavering sup- ports, and to engage you on how to sustain and even improve the exist- ing partnership for more ground- breaking achievements. So, we are on the same page on this objective. “We also want you to support us in achieving this objective. We believe aviation business thrives on safety and security. And it is this key component that is our own pro- fessional jurisdiction. That is the value we are bringing to the table. And with your support, we will do well, I believe,” he added. Retired CP Odude also empha- sised the significance of the re- newed partnership, stating that it would benefit the residents and en- virons of the Ikeja central business district of Lagos. The visit aimed to strengthen the cooperation be- tween BASL and the Nigeria Police Airport Command, with the new Commissioner leading the efforts.

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