Federal Government To Decongest Abuja Airport

Abuja AirportThe Federal Government will soon put in place security equipment at the domestic terminal of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja in Nigeria.

Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, gave the indication when he received a delegation from the British High Commission, led by the Head of Aviation Security, Jankie Milies.

The decision, according to the Minister, would enable some airlines operate from there, without hindering the ongoing restructuring and remodelling works. It is also aimed at decongesting the traffic at the international terminal and to ensure easier surveillance.

He said that he had considered the necessity of the exercise in view of the precarious world security situation that has put aviation under serious watch.

According to the Minister, the fact that most of the major disasters that have befallen the world in the recent past have been aviation-related, has put the issue of aviation security on the front burner as it is one of the weakest links being exploited by terrorists.

This is why the ministry is trying hard to establish an aviation security system which would be of world standard, with the ability to work with arms, sniffer dogs, modern surveillance equipment and intelligence gathering.

Sirika also disclosed that the ministry was also working towards improving the physical security of the nation’s airports.

He commended the efforts of the British government in conducting an assessment of the security situation in the nation’s airports with the aim of determining areas of possible assistance.

He informed the delegation that the ministry had recently set up a committee for a similar purpose and currently studying its report and recommendations for implementation and called for greater collaboration between the two countries especially in the area of capacity enhancement in modern aviation security trends.

The leader of the delegation, who is also Head of Aviation Security at the British High Commission, Jankie Milies had earlier told the minister that her team had undertaken an assessment of some of the nation’s airports with the assistance of the relevant agencies, in order to determine areas of possible assistance and discovered some challenges in cargo handling.

She said that the team had one more round of assessment to do before turning in their full report that would culminate in further discussions.

She informed the Minister of their readiness to conduct some training for about 80 aviation employees drawn from the relevant agencies.

Jankie Milies told the Minister of the readiness of the High Commission to arrange an assessment tour of the ministry’s officials to some airports in the United Kingdom to help in the development of aviation security in Nigeria.

The Minister accepted the offer immediately.

Senate Confirms 18 Ministerial Nominees

Ministerial NomineesEighteen of the 37 ministerial nominees from the list submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari have been confirmed by the Senate.

They include Udoma Udo Udoma, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, Audu Ogbe, Christopher Ogbonnaya Onu, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Lt.Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazzau, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Amina Mohammed, Ibrahim Jubril, Babatunde Fashola, Aisha Alhassan.

Others are Senator Hadi Sirika, Solomon Dalong, Ibe Kachukwu, Kemi Adeosun, Abubakar Malami, Engineer Suleiman Adamu and Dr. Chris Ngige.

At the end of plenary on Wednesday, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki read out the names of the nominees who had fielded questions from the lawmakers. The senators in a vote confirmed all 18 nominees.

The lawmakers carried out the confirmation.

Former Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State was the first to take the stand at the Senate chambers today.

Mr Fashola held his audience spell bound for almost an hour and half answering questions from senators.

He told them that as governor for eight years in office he did not sign a cheque.

Mr Fashola also responded to questions on loyalty and on the 78 million naira allegedly sank to build a website.

Watch all videos of the Senates’s screening of the ministerial nominees on Channels Television YouTube channel.