Money laundering: FAAN embarks on security re-alignment

Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Dr. Harold Demuren

The Aviation Safety and Security Directorate of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria will soon be restructured, a statement by the agency has said.

The development followed the recent arrest of a FAAN security official for alleged money laundering by operatives of the Economic and Financial Commission at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

The statement by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati, said a staff audit had commenced in the security directorate, to ensure that the right calibre of staff were working on certain beats and also to ascertain the type of training required by different categories of workers to make them more efficient on the job.

He said the authority had also devised means of identifying and weeding out from the directorate undesirable elements whose activities could jeopardise safety and security at airports, apart from tarnishing the authority’s public image.

According him, the measure will be extended to all the directorates in the authority, in view of the few cases of indiscipline shown by some staff members recently.

“Management knows that its objective may not be realised if aviation security and other staff members of the authority are not re-orientated to adapt to new trends in the industry, in the overall interest of the authority as a going concern,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, FAAN has said it will soon commence the removal of all abandoned aircraft from all airports.

In a separate statement, Dati said the exercise had become necessary because the aircraft constituted a serious safety hazard to the airside, apart from being an eyesore at the airports.

According to the agency, some of the aircraft had been abandoned for over 10 years.

He said, “The authority is constrained to embark on this removal exercise because owners of these abandoned aircraft have deliberately refused to remove them despite all efforts made by the authority to make them do so, including meetings with the owners and publication of paid notices in various newspapers in the past five years.”

According to him, some of the owners of the abandoned aircraft had taken FAAN to court over this issue and got court injunctions that made it difficult for the authority to carry out this exercise before now.

He, however, said that some of the cases had been concluded, hence the commencement of the removal exercise.

He said, at least, this exercise would affect all abandoned aircraft whose cases had been concluded.

“The authority hereby calls on all owners of abandoned aircraft to remove them from all our airports within the next one month as the presence of these aircraft negates the spirit of the current aviation master plan of the Federal Government,” he added.

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