107 Aviation Security (AVSEC) and 109 Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (ARFFS), have formally been commissioned by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigerian (FAAN).
The newly commissioned officers were urged to dedicate themselves to the service of FAAN, the Nigerian people and to all stakeholders in the aviation industry.
Speaking at the event in Lagos, the Managing Director of FAAN, Mr. Saleh Dunoma said the commissioning was a further demonstrates management’s commitment to human capacity development in order to meet the highest standards of professionalism and best industry practices.
The Managing Director, represented by FAAN Director of Finance & Accounts (DFA), Mr. Sadiku Abdulkadir Rafindadi commended the parade instructors and trainees for the impressive performance, professional carriage and excellent drill, stressing that the painstaking rehearsals and hard work have obviously paid off.
The FAAN boss who urged the 216 officers to remember all they have learnt advised them to make a personal commitment to excel in their chosen career.
Dunoma said “this career path is challenging and rewarding. in the course of its pursuit, you have a great responsibility to live up to the vision of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria which is to be amongst the best airport groups in the world”.
“You should be vigilant and ensure that you do not become the weak link in this value chain. While acknowledging the inherent challenges in your operations, you must guard against temptation, and compromises. You should always put service first before any other consideration, as this organization places integrity above all other things”, he said.
The FAAN boss also used the occasion to reaffirm FAAN’s commitment to human capacity development, which has seen demonstrated by the passing out officers, just as he urged them to continue to give their best to the organization.
While appreciating the efforts and unwavering support of the Honourable Minister of State Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, Dunoma equally commended the devotion and sacrifices of the Director of Human resources, training center, AVSEC and ARFFS instructors which have made the day successful.
In her address of welcome, Director of Human Resources & Administration, FAAN, Hajia Salamatu Umar-Eluwa said the 216 commissioned officers have gone through three months training at FAAN training center and that they are part of the online recruitment excercise that took place in 2015.
According to Hajia Umar-Eluwa, the first batch was trained between July and October last year and have since been integrated into the system.
“You have been recruited to serve in the para-miltary arms of this organization where total discipline, professional conduct, unalloyed loyalty and special vigilance are required. I believe that the quality of training you have received has adequately prepared you for these. Our expectations of you are very high and I believe you have all it takes to exceed them”
“I commend the instructors and coordinators of the training programme for their commitment to management’s vision. I also applaud the support my team and I received from the Managing Director in the course of implementing this training”, Hajia Umar-Eluwa said.
High point of the event marked the excellent military parade by the commissioned officers. There was award presentation to distinguished officers while the band, fire fighting team , medical team and judokers openly demonstrated their emergency management process to the public.
The event of the passing out parade was well attended by FAAN Executive Directors, members of the management team, heads of military and para – military organizations, FAAN workers and other stakeholders in the nation’s aviation sector.