- Agency halts issuance of ODCs to former aviation personnel
PLANS are underway by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) is to capture the construction of perimeter fences in all airports in the 2019 budget following the recent spate of runway incursions across airports in the country .This is just as the Airport Authority has stopped the renewal of On Duty Cards (ODCs) for former airline and FAAN workers to ensure strict personnel monitoring, stop touting around the airport.
Following what happened at Akure of recent, the General Manager Corporate Communications FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu in an interview in Lagos said the issue of security across the airport remained a great concern to the organisation.
She explained that the incident at Akure was regrettable but was being addressed stressing that the airport had perimeter fencing but there was a gap in which the cattle entered into the runway.
According to her, FAAN civil engineers were already at the Akure airport to fix the collapsed section of the fence.
As part of measures to further strengthen the security of the airports across the country and further weaken the activities of touts at the airport, Mrs Yakubu revealed that FAAN has stopped the renewal of On Duty Cards (ODCs) for former airline and FAAN workers to ensure strict personnel monitoring.
According to her, cards renewal will be thoroughly scrutinized by the agency.
Yakubu explained that all security measures have been reviewed while 10 vehicles have been added to the ones on ground to enhance runway patrol in order to minimize aircraft runway attacks.
While grass cutting has been stepped, Mrs Yakubu noted that all abandoned aircraft on the air side have been moved to the mortuary adding that those in Kano, Jos and Benin airports will be moved out soon in order to create space.
She further explained that the aviation security personnel AVSEC have been working hard to ensure that the activities of touts and touting were curtailed.