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FAAN calls for awareness in the fight against cancer, prepares to join rank of best airports

ANTHONY OMOH


Management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) have enjoined all stakeholders in the Aviation Industry to be actively involved in the awareness and fight against cancer.
 This is just as the authority has said it plans to root itself from its present state and become one of the best airports in the continent this 2015.
Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Engr. Saleh Dunoma who was represented by the Director of Administration, Barrister Ikechi Uko, made this remark recently in MMIA, Lagos during the Customer Service Appreciation/ World Cancer Day organised by the Servicom Unit of the Authority.
He said, “FAAN is looking forward to partnering with the National Cancer Society and other relevant bodies towards combating this disease”.
The MD further called for care and support without discrimination for those affected with cancer. “In our fight against cancer, we must ensure that we do not promote fear and victimisation”.
Also speaking at the occasion, the General Manager, Aviation Medical Clinic Dr. Oduwole, disclosed that cancer could be caused by various habits such as: tobacco smoking, tobacco chewing, excessive alcoholic consumption and several other factors such as over exposure to sunlight, irritants such as hydrocarbon, insecticides etc.
He therefore advised against these habits and a daily breast examination for women in order to detect lumps, swellings and dimpling found in the breasts.
Dr. Morenike Olatunji of the Aviation Medical Clinic also in a lecture on the subject, listed breast cancer, prostate cancer, oral cancer, lung cancer and liver cancer as the major types of cancer.
She defined cancer as an uncontrollable growth of abnormal cells which could occur in any part of the body. She pointed out that this disease is the leading cause of death all over the world and stated that the best cure for it is prevention by all means and early detection.
The Airport Manager, MMIA, Mr. Nathaniel Auta who was also at the event explained that it is imperative for everyone to be aware of this disease, its effects and strive to prevent it.
Meanwhile, Engr. Dunoma also highlighted the Aviation Minister’s strategies geared towards repackaging, rebranding and redirecting the aviation industry towards a high and effective customer service delivery.
 According to him “these strategies emphasis the improvements in customer service aimed at satisfying our customers, stakeholders and other airport users in line with best practices.
Also in her address, the General Manager Servicom, Mrs. Ebele Okoye, said FAAN is working hard to reposition the country’s airports in terms of service delivery to enable them compete with others in Africa.
According to her, plans are underway to improve the standard of service delivery to passengers that uses airports in Nigeria, affirming that inadequate passengers’ service delivery was responsible for the low rating of three of the country’s international airports in 2014.
A study conducted by ‘The Guide To Sleeping in Airport’, named three Nigeria airports as the worst in Africa last year, they include Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos in 10th position, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja ranked 7th while the Port Harcourt International Airport emerged 6th worst airport.
Mrs.  Okoye however said the agency has made a commitment to raise the bar in customer service across the country’s airports under FAAN control.
“The low rating of Nigeria airports last year was basically born out of inadequate customer service delivery and not infrastructure. We have the fastest development plan for airports growth among African countries”
Mrs. Okoye explained that with the current level of service delivery, Nigeria airports will rank among the best in 2015.
She said “we have a Minister who is focus and has launched the Aviation Commits as a way of providing better service delivery, the FAAN MD is also leaving no stone unturned to ensure that in the next rating coming up in April, we emerge among the best”.

Various speakers at the event spoke on the need for workers to constantly maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to combat the menace of cancer.

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