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Friday, 8 January 2016

FRSC, airport managers meet to avert security breaches at MMIA

Airport managers, top security and road safety chiefs yesterday met in Lagos in a fresh move to stem possibility of safety and security breaches by petrol tankers parked indiscriminately along the highway leading to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

In recent months, the presence of the tankers has been highly criticised by security experts within and outside the country as well as other stakeholders in the aviation sector given their proximity to the airport and the fact that they could be harnessed for the wrong purpose by terrorists, like setting the airport ablaze.

Those present at yesterday's meeting included members of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Salleh Dunomah, FAAN Director of Airport Operations, Capt. Henry Omeogu, Action Director of Cargo and Business Development, Director of Maintenance and Engineering, Femi Ogunode, Acting Director of Security Service, Mr. Omaghomi J. J. and General Manager, Business Development, Abubakar Achimugu.

Spokesman for FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati, who briefed journalists after the meeting quoted Salleh, the FAAN boss, as "assuring that the authority would continue to do its best to ensure safety and security on the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) access road, Lagos.

"The meeting centred on providing a safe and secure driveway along MMIA access road, Lagos, by permanently vacating the petroleum tankers positioned along that road," Dati said.

"Dunoma stated that it is the primary duty of the petroleum marketers to provide a permanent parking space for their tankers. However, due to the authority's concern for safety and security for airport users, it would do its best in assisting the petroleum marketers in ensuring that the tankers are parked and positioned appropriately," he added.

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