Executive Order FAAN enforces compliance at MMIA

The agency has also directed that the physical examination of passengers should be stopped forthwith.

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The Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on Thursday recorded a high level of compliance with the Federal Government’s Executive Order on “the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria,’’ the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

NAN Correspondents who monitored the development at the airport gathered that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had put in place necessary measures to ensure full implementation of the order following today’s deadline.

FAAN, had as part of the reform, banned the manual search of passengers’ baggage by the officials of the various security agencies and had also removed all tables by the check-in counters of airlines.

The agency had also directed that the physical examination of passengers should be stopped forthwith.

An official of FAAN Aviation Security (AVSEC) at the airport terminal, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said only the AVSEC personnel
were at the entry and exit points of the terminal, as directed.

The official said that touting inside and outside the terminal had been reduced to the barest minimum.

He said that the taxi drivers that used to loiter inside the arrival hall to look for potential passengers had been asked not to move close to the exit point of the terminal.

“Bags and luggage are being checked by the scanning equipment at the entry point and also the body scanner is being used only on travellers,’’ the official said.

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It would be recalled that the Managing Director of FAAN, Mr Saleh Dunoma, had during a meeting with the various stakeholders on Tuesday sued for their support and co-operation in ensuring full compliance with the order.

The participating agencies were: the Nigerian Police Force, Directorate of State Security, Quarantine Services, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service and FAAN Aviation Security.

The order which was signed by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, is expected to ease doing business at Nigeria’s airports by streamlining the activities of various agencies and reducing interface between passengers and airport security personnel.

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