The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has sanitized the departure hall at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos by removing all the physical check tables at as well as the desks hitherto belonging to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
With the removal of the check tables, FAAN has begun the implementation of the executive order issued by the acting president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
FAAN’s managing director, Mr. Saleh Dunoma, who was on inspection tour of the airport at the weekend, expressed satisfaction with the success of compliance with the executive order.
“The desks that have been there for manual search are no longer there. The checks are being done at appropriate locations and this has created a tidy hall. This has improved the ambience of the departure hall. Of course, we have some issues that have to do with the first day normally in any operations. We are trying to resolve that.
“We have asked the management of the airport to come up with a complete and comprehensive report with the issues emanating from this operation, so we can further proffer solutions. The whole terminal is very neat and tidy now,” he said.
He said the federal government’s executive order “has commenced at the country’s busiest airport,” and implored passengers to arrive at the terminal early enough because of the new arrangement.
“My advice to passengers is that they should come in good time, so they can accomplish the process as scheduled. There are some new locations and process of screening, so the earlier they come, the easier for stakeholders, especially the airlines and the security agencies, to finish their procedures”.
Commenting on Delta Air Line’s issue with the procedures, Dunoma said: “It is not anything peculiar. They want to do certain checks; we will tell them where to do the checks.
“We are not stopping anybody from checking anything so long as it is in line with global standard of practice. The executive order does not stop that. We will handle Delta Air Line’s issue.