Aviation agencies charged on safety, FAAN asks contractors to keep standard

Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria.

Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria.

Aviation agencies have been enjoined to advance the collective interest of safety, security and efficiency in their operations. They have also been called upon to exercise their regulatory authority to inspire confidence and stimulate growth.

This statement was made today in Lagos by Hajia Binta Adamu Bello, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation during an unscheduled tour to the Murtala Muhammed International airport, Lagos. According to her “all hands must be on deck to ensure adherence to safety and security”.

She further stated that all operations must conform with established laws and regulations in line with ICAO standards. The Permanent Secretary who said she’s in Lagos to see things for herself following reports of safety concerns, however assured that there was no cause for alarm.

She charged the heads of the aviation agencies to exercise their standard setting and regulatory authority towards promoting professional excellence and industry growth.

Hajia Bello who was accompanied by Engr. Hassan Musa, Director, Air Transport Management, Dr. Ibrahim Idris, Director, Planning, Research & Statistics and other senior professionals from the Ministry was received by CEOs of all the Aviation Agencies including the NCAA, FAAN, NAMA and AIB.

She undertook an extensive tour of the safety and security infrastructure on the airside. Meanwhile contractors working on the Benin Airport have been called upon to adhere strictly to specification and high standards in the on-going rehabilitation of the Benin Runway.

The MD/CEO Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Engr. Saleh Dunoma made the call, while conducting an inspection tour of the project, to determine the standards of work being done and the pace of work, in order to deliver the project on the estimated date of completion.

He appealed to travellers and other users of the airport facility to bear with the inconveniences caused by the closure of the airport, stressing that safety will continue to be its major anchor.

Dunoma, who was accompanied by the Director of Airport Operations of the Authority, Capt. Henry Omeogu commended the contractors handling the project, McZoll Resources for the level of work done so far, but advised on the need to speed up the work in order to meet up with the estimated deadline.

The Managing Director also had an interactive session with members of staff, where he charged them on delivering on the Auhority’s mandate of safety, security, efficiency and passenger comfort.

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