By Daniel Eteghe
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has said it would partner Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC, to ensure adequate security at the M urtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos. Regional Manager of the Murtala Mohammed Airport Lagos, Mr. Edward Olarerin yesterday said he would partner with the Police Community Relations Committee in ensuring adequate security at the airport.
Regional Manager of the airport, Mr. Edward Olarerin, who disclosed news of the partnership in an interaction with aviation correspondents in his office, pointed out that security was not a one man business.
He noted that every stakeholders in the aviation industry should be interested in securing the airport, as there were human lives and properties worth billion of naira that needed to be secured.
He said: “Security is worldwide and it is not a one man business, it is everybody’s business. If you think you are secured, even if you have all the gadgets at your disposal and you are not concerned about your neighbor, your neighbor might be where you will get attacked. So you should be interested in what goes on around you.
“The airport that we have is the nation’s property so all of us should be interested in it. it means that we should secure this property.
“But in all sincerity if we leave the job to the police alone without information, without support, without logistic, the policemen will be willing to work but they are not being equipped.
“The airport environment is a capital environment and all stakeholders in the airport should be involved when it comes to security, they can give the police equipment, they can give them infrastructures, they can give them anything that would help in boosting security at the airport.”
Expressing his gratitude to the kind gesture of the regional manager, the newly elected chairman of the PCRC, MMIA branch, Alhaji Lamidi Akinlolu, who led his group on courtesy call to the manager’s office, said the major objective of the body was to assist policemen at the airport to ensure they were equipped with the needed tools, affirming that security should not be left to the police alone.
“Our aims and objectives are to assist the police in terms of their needs. We went to their stations and the condition we meet the stations is nothing to write home about. So we want to try as much as possible to make sure we put the station in order,” he said.
Alhaji Akinlolu noted that security was a collective job that needed the attention of all stakeholders at the airports, adding it would make the work of the police easier if everyone was involved.
“It is not one man’s job, it is a collective job and that is why we are involving both the Immigrations, the Customs, the narcotics and all stakeholders at the airport so that we can team up.
“The police alone cannot do it, even those who have companies here are looking for protection and that was why the PCRC was formed.
“We have a lot to do, there is nothing we can do without money, that is why we are going to involve even individuals. Once you are a stakeholder, you are a PCRC member,” he added.