FG to deploy new security gadgets in airports

The Federal Government plans to deploy new security gadgets at airports beginning with the five international airports, the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Capt. Hamisu Yadudu, has said.

He said X-ray equipment such as passenger baggage scanners, body scanners and walk through metal detectors were being produced in factories and would be deployed in all the five international airports and other local ones.

The MD made this known at the annual retreat of aviation security personnel in Benin City, Edo State, where he was represented by the Director of Security Services, FAAN, Capt. Usman Sadiq.

He explained that security of civil aviation should be top priority and that states also had an obligation to maintain an efficient air transport system.

According to him, the Federal Government through FAAN embarked on a strategic restructuring of its security and safety initiatives.

Yadudu said there had been provision and procurement of new scanning security equipment with the latest technology capable of explosive and narcotics detection.

He stated that the construction of bi-metal security fence with anti-climb and intrusion detection systems were ongoing in Benin, Ilorin, Owerri, Port Harcourt and Kaduna.

He added that the upgrade of the CCTV was also ongoing in some airports and in various stages of completion, adding that the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and four others would soon be ready.