The Minister for Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has directed the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Saleh Dunoma, to begin the process of reducing the number of security agencies involved in the physical checks at the country’s airports.
The directive, according to reports on Tuesday, was issued by the minister to reduce the stress travellers go through at the country’s airports, especially the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. Amaechi gave the order during the inspection of Lagos airport facilities. He was accompanied by the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika; Dunoma; Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority Director-General, Captain Usman Muhtar; Managing Director, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Mr Ibrahim Abdusalam, among others. There were many security agencies operating at the airport and they include FAAN aviation security (AVSEC), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Quarantine Service.
The security agencies have been accused of engaging in the duplication of duties during check-in, thereby elongating facilitation processes with passengers forming long queues for profiling. Nigeria is said to have one of the longest facilitation procedures in the world. The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the clearing house for international airlines, has come up with a number of suggestions to improve the end-to-end passenger process and to facilitate a seamless, secure and efficient passenger journey.