Following recent attacks by gunmen the Kaduna International Airport, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has vowed to improve security, promising it would not shutdown the airport.
The managing director of the agency, Capt.Hamisu Yadudu, who disclosed the agency’s position at the weekend said, FAAN is working round the clock to ensure that security and safety are sustained at the airports.
Also, the chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Smart Adeyemi, has canvassed for state and local government policing as a way of enhancing the security architecture in and around the country.
This is as the managing director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, lamented that almost 24 hours after kidnappers abducted its staff and five family members and three other persons at Kaduna Airport, their abductors were yet to make contact with the agency.
Speaking over the weekend at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, during the oversight function visit by the senate committee on aviation, Yadudu regretted the attack on its staff quarters, but vowed that the management, 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.
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.
On his part, Adeyemi regretted the sordid security challenges, which had pervaded the country in recent times.
He, however, canvassed for embrace of local government policing, stressing that Nigeria as a federating unit should not shy away from taking a decisive action to tackle the menace.
In a bid to improve security in aviation industry, Adeyemi appealed to the federal government to make available special funding for the sector.
Besides, Akinkuotu, in his address to the senate committee on aviation, lamented that hours after the staff were abducted, the kidnappers 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 were regularly vandalised by hoodlums.
Earlier, the director-general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu, enumerated paucity of funds, drop in aviation revenues and adequate training for personnel especially technical staff as some of the challenges facing the agency.