Executive Order: Orderliness returns to MMIA as FAAN enforces compliance

Posted: June 15, 2017 in general

By VICTOR NZE

MMIANigeria’s foremost gateway, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, has since Thursday, recorded a high level of compliance with the Federal Government’s Executive Order on ‘the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria.’

Sequel to the order, the airport’s manager, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), had as part of the reform, banned the manual search of passengers’ baggage by the officials of the various security agencies and had also removed all tables by the check-in counters of airlines.

The agency had also directed that the physical examination of passengers should be stopped forthwith.

An official of FAAN Aviation Security (AVSEC) at the airport terminal, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said only the AVSEC personnel were at the entry and exit points of the terminal, as directed.

The official said that touting inside and outside the terminal had been reduced to the barest minimum.

He said that the taxi drivers that used to loiter inside the arrival hall to look for potential passengers had been asked not to move close to the exit point of the terminal.

“Bags and luggage are being checked by the scanning equipment at the entry point and also the body scanner is being used only on travellers,’’ the official said.

It would be recalled that the Managing Director of FAAN, Mr Saleh Dunoma, had during a meeting with the various stakeholders on Tuesday sued for their support and co-operation in ensuring full compliance with the order.

The participating agencies were: the Nigerian Police Force, Directorate of State Security, Quarantine Services, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service and FAAN Aviation Security.

The order which was signed by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, is expected to ease doing business at Nigeria’s airports by streamlining the activities of various agencies and reducing interface between passengers and airport security personnel.

Meanwhile, Group Managing Director of Dana Air, Mr Jacky Hathiramani, has lauded aviation agencies for their swiftness and commitment shown so far in the implementation of the Executive Orders as signed by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

Hathiramani who gave the commendation while speaking with newsmen in Lagos, Wednesday, said: “The recently signed Executive Orders by the acting president is a welcome development. It underscores President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment towards creating a favorable environment for businesses, particularly local businesses to thrive, and promoting our made in Nigeria goods and services.

“Apart from the fact that aviation industry is critical to the economy of our nation, I believe the executive orders will take away unnecessary bureaucracies at the airport.’’

According to him, it will also provide solutions to a lot of anomalies in the system and open a vista of opportunities not just in the aviation industry but all sectors of the economy.

Hatharimani said the aviation agencies such as the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) had already shown commitment towards its implementation.

“We also need to commend our aviation agencies for the swift reaction in carrying out the order. Aviation is a key sector like I said earlier and the progress and commitment shown so far by our agencies are exemplary. What is now left is for us to see how these changes will have a positive impact on the operations of domestic airlines in the country,’’ Hathiramani said.

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