Thursday, 5 January 2017

Buhari approves arms bearing for airport security personnel

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To scale up security at the nation’s aiports, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved aviation security personnel to carry arms. The development is fashioned after the Transportation Security Administration, TSA of the United States, where K-9 dogs, handcuffs, batons and light weapons are deployed. 

Meantime, the Federal Government is also not going back on the planned shutting down of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for six weeks for turn-around maintenance that would last for for six months. Alternatively, it has resorted to using Kaduna airport which it said is currently under going renovation for the purpose. 

The government also said it will establish a national carrier for the country, saying that the population of Nigerians is a persuasive factor. Buhari Government spoke on a day the Federal Executive Council, FEC, approved N4.6 billion for the procurement of fire fighting equipment for Federal Fire Service across the country. 

Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who briefed State House Correspondents alongside the Minister of Interior, Abduraman Dambazzua and the Special Adviser to President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, after, yesterday, meeting of FEC presided over by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja gave details of the packages. He said that the Ministry of Interior would be partnering the aviation sector for the protection of the airports. 

Sirika did not, however, state when it will kick off, saying that a stakeholders’ meeting was underway today , to consider all factors, including the time-frame for the Abuja airport maintenance. 

He said: “We are very serious about aviation security. Just last week, the President approved that aviation security should bear arms. So, we are trying to make them take the form and shape of Transportation Security Administration, TSA of the US with K-9 dogs, handcuffs, guards, batons, light weapons, among others. 

“The Minister of Interior is helping us in that regard with the directive of the President. They are partnering us to keep our airports secure. All these will be unveiled at the next stakeholders meeting.” 

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