ByÂ Kenneth Ehigiator
The federal government has warned stakeholders in the aviation industry that it would not tolerate non-compliance to security regulations at airports across the country.
The government, which spoke through the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Richard Aisuebeogun, at the project steering committee meeting of West and Central African Air Transport Safety and Security Programme (WCAATSSP), said the warning became necessary to stave off a recurrence of recent terror attempt in Detroit involving a Nigerian.
At the meeting were the chief executives of all the parastatals in the aviation industry, including the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr. Harold Demuren, Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Alhaji Ibrahim Auyo and the Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Mr. Anthony Anuforum.
Also present at the meeting were representatives of the Federal Ministries of Finance and Aviation.
Aisuebeogun urged members of of the steering committee to work assiduously to ensure that remarkable was achieved in the interest of the country, adding that some of the projects being financed by the World Bank in FAAN include the construction of perimeter fencing at Port Harcourt airport and provision of fire tenders for international airports in the country.
He said government was taking the project seriously because of its revolvement around aviation safety and security.
Chairman of the Project Steering Committee (PSC) and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Aviation, Alhaji Idris Kuta, said the ministry had been mandated by the federal government to ensure that the aim of the project was achieved, so aviation security in Nigeria could be greatly improved.
â€œThe aviation industry under the leadership of the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Mr. Babatunde Omotoba is mandated to make sure that measures are put in place to ensure that the West and Central Air Safety and Security Program (WCAATSSP) Nigeria project achieves the desired impact,â€ he said.
He expressed optimism that the project on completion would improve the quality of air travel as well as address the challenges encountered in the areas of security and safety in the aviation industry.
Kuta said the meeting was centered on a review of the achievements of the committee in the last one year on the implementation of the World Bank Project in the aviation industry and the implementation of the programme of activities for 2010.