Managing Director FAAN, Saleh Dunoma
NAF holds counter-terrorism simulation at Abuja Airport
he Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has notified air travelers and the general public that the Nigerian Air Force will be conducting a mock exercise on counter terrorism simulation at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja.
In an effort to discountenance any misconception that comes from such exercises, the Managing Director of FAAN, Engr Saleh Dunoma said the exercise is part of strategies to reinforce the safety and security of air transport and the nation’s airports, in addition to sustaining international best practice, regulatory policies and world-class service delivery.
He further explained that the exercise may consist of aerial and land maneuvers which may create some dramatic spectacles and affect vehicular and human movements.
He therefore enjoins air travellers and members of the public to be aware and go about their normal businesses as operations in the airport will not be affected.
While apologizing for any inconvenience the exercise may cause, Dunoma advised air travellers and other airport users to always adhere to laid down rules and procedures for the safety and security of all.
Look, my brother, I have travelled this airport on numerous occasions and this is the first time in years that I step out of the aircraft and feel like I am still in a lush environment. In fact I feel the same sensation as if I’m still in the aircraft and although this is quite nice, they need to maintain it so it doesn’t get bad. Maintenance is key.”
The initial findings also indicated that the bureau could not conduct drug and alcohol tests on the pilots and according to the weather report obtained from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET), the prevailing conditions were good but that the aircraft hovered to land in a brown out condition.
"In addition to the Authority oversight roles, NCAA has placed the onerous responsibility of the first line of safety on the operating airlines’ Pilot In Command of each flight and the assigned Engineer that authorized each flight. With all the various checks and counter checks put in place by NCAA combined with that of the operators, it is therefore improbable that any airline in Nigeria will operate a service with that kind of tyre.
As part of the resolutions made at the end of the meeting, operators or their representatives are to each open and fund a domiciliary account with which to effect all financial transactions with NAMA through monetary transfers to the agency’s sub-account with the CBN using a smart phone.
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