By Lawani Mikairu
Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, during the weekend graduated another batch of 227 Aviation Security (AVSEC), Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Service (ARFFS) cadets.
This is one of the efforts by the agency to boost safety and security in and around airports and enhance effective airport emergency management.
The 107 Aviation Security , AVSEC ,and 115 ARFFS Trainees who have just completed a three-month training programme comprising of ICAO approved courses were commended by FAAN management for displaying commitment and discipline during the training.
Speaking at the passing out parade held at the playground/field of Murtala Muhammed Airport Schools, Ikeja , the Managing Director of FAAN, Engr. Saleh Dunoma who was represented by the Director, Directorate of Engineering, FAAN, Engr. Salisu Daura said the graduation was a demonstration of the management’s continuous commitment to human capacity development in order to meet highest standards of professionalism and best industry practices.
While calling on the young officers to be vigilant and ensures that they do not become the weak link in the value chain, Dunoma acknowledged the inherent challenges in the operations and mandated them to remain committed to their duties without compromise.
The FAAN Boss said : “You should be vigilant and ensure that you do not become the weak link in this value chain. While acknowledging the inherent challenges in your operations, you must guard against temptation, and compromises. You should always put service first before any other consideration as this organization places integrity above all other things.”
He also commended the parade instructors and trainees for the impressive performance, professional carriage and excellent drills, and enjoined the new officers to remember all that they learnt during the trainings and make a personal commitment to excel in the chosen carrier.
Also speaking at the event, Director of Human Resources and Administration, FAAN, Mr. Norris Anozie, said the graduation of the officers has increased the pool of well trained staff available to serve in the aviation industry.
However, the passing parade which was the third for the set of security and safety personnel recruited in 2015, recorded many firsts as it was the first passing out parade where all the prizes and awards available were won by female officers and also the first general parade to be commanded by a female parade commander in the history of AVSEC and ARFFS graduation in FAAN.
With the first and second batches held earlier in the year, FAAN has graduated over 700 cadets for both the ARFFS and AVSEC.