The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) yesterday cancelled multiple checks of passengers and luggage at airports nationwide to enhance free movement of travellers.
The multiple checks by various law enforcement agencies have now been harmonised in line with the implementation of the ‘executive order’ issued by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
Also, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has prepared a standard document outlining its core functions and services, appropriate charges, fees, licences, waivers and other tax-related processes to implement the order.
Managing Director (MD) of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, who spoke after a meeting of all the security agencies at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, said a single screening unit would henceforth be seen at the departure halls of the airports.
Dunoma said all the agencies had stuck together to effectively and seamlessly implement the order without compromising on security procedures at the airports. He said henceforth, agencies would check luggage of passengers at designated areas and not within the departure halls, as was the case before.
The FAAN boss stated that the authority had chosen to commence the implementation with MMIA which is the busiest and the most visited airport in the country, adding that the implementation would be extended to other airports.
He said: “Everybody is ready to key into this committee that is set up for the implementation and everybody is contributing positively. From all indications, all hands are on deck to make sure that the executive order is implemented.
“I don’t envisage any problem in its implementation. We will support the agencies when the need arises by giving them additional facilities depending on what they are requesting for.
“I just came out of the meeting. I heard some of the things they are talking about, issues being raised as a result of the implementation of the executive order. I gave them my words that I will support them with whatever issues they might have as a result of the implementation. I also emphasised that as a result of the implementation of the executive order, there would be no compromise.”