ICAO-certified aviation security expert, CPC chief speak at LAAC seminar


International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)-certified aviation security expert and chief executive officer of Selective Security International Ltd, Mr. Ayo Obilana, has been billed to speak at the 22nd annual seminar of the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) holding on July 19 in Lagos.

Also expected at the event is the director-general of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Mr. Babatunde Irukera.

Obilana, who was a former general manager, aviation security at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), will present a paper on ‘Funding Perspectives of Aviation Security in Nigeria.’

He holds bachelors and masters degrees from the Whitwort University, Spokane, Washington DC, United States.

His paper delve on new strategies adopted by unscrupulous elements to beat security networks in the aviation sector, as well as changes in aviation security after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

“It is high time players in the sector focused more on security within the aviation industry,” he said in an email to LAAC

Obilana is a Fellow of the International Institute of Professional Security, member of Association of Licensed Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALSPN) and a member of Aviation Round Table (ART).

Obilana also worked in Chicago Illinois, Fort Wayne Indiana and Portland, Oregon where he garnered experience in industrial security business, working in

Irukera who is a special guest at the seminar with the theme: ‘Financing Aviation Development through Private Sector Partnerships,’ would speak on the activities of CPC as it relates to aviation and air travellers’ protection from airlines and even government agencies.

In an interview with journalists recently, Irukera said the council received the third highest number of complaints in 2017 from the aviation Sector.

He said the sector came after telecommunications and banking sectors, which occupied the first and second highest number of consumer complaints respectively.

The forum, would give Irukera the opportunity to shed more lights on the statutory role of CPC, not just in the industry, but in the country at large.

CPC is established under Consumer Protection Council Act, Cap 25, 2004 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to promote and protect the interest of consumers over all products and services, including consumers in the aviation sector of the economy.

The council is also empowered to eliminate hazardous and substandard goods from the market, provide speedy redress to consumer complaints and end the unscrupulous exploitation of consumers, educate them and champion their interests at appropriate forum, and enforce all enactments aimed at protecting them.

Other papers to be present at the seminar include ‘Federal/State Government Partnership in Air Navigational Development’, ‘Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Financing’ and ‘Partnerships as Key to Survival of Local Airlines’ among others.


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