SOUTH-WEST Airports Regional Manager, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Mrs Victoria Shin-Aba flayed the flagrant disregard for simple laws guiding the airport community by uniformed men who have continuously, despite provocation, attacked airport officials even when they park indiscriminately in unauthorized areas at the airport.
Shin-Aba decried the incessant attacks by these uniform men and escort personnel when she spoke with journalists in her office at the MMIA Lagos, expressing displeasure over the abuse of power by uniformed men and escort vehicles personnel especially those with 12 vehicles in the convoy.
The airport manager explained that the uncooperative attitude of the public especially VIPs has remained the greatest challenge that the management of the airport was facing.
According to her, security Committee earlier set up was disbanded because it did not achieve its purpose as most of the members in the committee was not ready to discipline other officials.
Shin-Aba explained that Aviation Security Personnel (AVSEC) were subjected to embarrassment by gun carrying uniform men at the airport.
On ensuring a tout free environment, the airport manager disclosed that a taskforce was already combing the airport environment on daily basis to get rid of hawkers and bike operators, popularly referred to as Okada Riders
She said some motorcycles have been confiscated by the taskforce while effort was being made with the Lagos government to move any mentally unstable person apprehended to them for rehabilitation.
“Okada riders have become a menace at the airport and a source of concern to the airport management, so many bikes have been ceased”
Shin Aba explained that in order to curb the activities of unregistered airport car hire operators, an App will soon be developed to enable passengers book on online saying that the world has gone digital.