FAAN to address issues of perimeter fences in 2019 budget, restrict issuance of ODC’s

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Incidence of runway incursion is a threat to safety, to this end the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says plans are on to ensure that airports without perimeter fences were fenced to prevent anything ontoward to safety of aircraft and persons.

The Managing Director FAAN, Mr. Saleh Dunoma has assured that funds to embark on the construction of the perimeter fences would be capture in the 2019 budget.

The General Manager public affairs FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu who disclosed this  in an interview in Lagos said, the issue of security across the airport remained a great concern to the organisation.

Yakubu explained that the incident at Akure was being addressed stressing that the airport had perimeter fence but there was a gap in which the cattle entered into the runway.

According to her, FAAN civil engineers were already at the Akure airport to fix the collapsed section of the fence.

As part of measures to further strengthen the security of the airports across the country, Mrs Yakubu revealed that FAAN hah stopped the renewal of On Duty Cards (ODCs) for former airlines and FAAN workers to ensure strict personnel monitoring.

According to her, cards renewal would b thoroughly scrutinized by the agency.

Yakubu explained that all security measures have been reviewed while 10 vehicles have been added to the ones on ground to enhance runway patrol in order to minimize aircraft runway attacks.

While grass cutting has been stepped up, Mrs. Yakubu noted that all abandoned aircraft on the airside have been moved to the graveyard of the airport, adding that those in Kano, Jos and Benin airports would be moved out soon in order to create space.

She further explained that the aviation security personnel AVSEC have been working hard to ensure that the activities of touts and touting were curtailed.

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