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Airport management tasks stakeholders on safety

The management of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja has advised passengers and other stakeholders to be safety conscious when they are around the ‘RAMP’ area of the facility, to avoid accidents. RAMP is the operational area of the airport where aircraft drop and pick passengers, refuel and carry out other checks in preparation for take-offflight. Mr Chris Bature, the airport Manager, gave the advice on Wednesday at a road show to flag off the maiden edition of its “RAMP Safety Week”. We have operational vehicles of all the airlines; we have bouncers or people who bring in fuel to the RAMP, doing their work within the area.

We have to preach safety consciousness, so that people will be careful not to hit one another or an aircraft while it is fuelling,” he said.Bature said all stakeholders in the industry, including Julius Berger, all the airlines, the Handling Companies, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) were involved in the safety week.The others involved in the RAMP Safety week, which comes up on Sept. 23 in Abuja, are the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), the Nigerian Air Force as well as Ministries of Aviation and Defence.

“In the RAMP or APRON, there are some Foreign Objects Deposits (FOD), which if not cleared or picked up, can cause an aircraft to crash.“Whatever will cause any danger should be removed from the RAMP,” he added.Mrs Justina Okpako, Julius Berger’s Liaison Manager, Flight Operations, urged passengers not to run, but walk to the aircraft in the RAMP, to avoid being run over by operational vehicles.She said airlines operators were not allowed to service or maintain their aircraft at the RAMP, because “they can drop oil, fuel or forget their metal objects on the RAMP”.

This can be very dangerous and risky to passengers and other users as well as aircraft,” she said.Chief Ekwuemeaku Edom, the National President of Airports Car Hire Association of Nigeria (ACHAN), appealed to passengers to always patronise taxis registered with the association, for their safety. ‘We are trying to create safety in the air and on the ground. That is why we make sure that our vehicles are in good condition all the time,” he said.


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