- Aviation security will start bearing arms to continue discharging their duties at the airport
- The bearing of arms by aviation security has been approved by the federal government, says Gbenga Olowo, president of Aviation Round Table Safety Initiative
- The federal government has been urged to properly train and test the personnel that would start bearing arms
The president of Aviation Round Table Safety Initiative (ART), Gbenga Olowo, has said that the federal government has approved the bearing of arms by personnel of Aviation Security (AVSEC) to enhance the National Civil Security Programme (NCASP).
Olowo, who disclosed this in Lagos on Wednesday, November 14, said protection and safety of passengers, crew, ground personnel, aircraft and facilities serving the civil aviation, were the objective of AVSEC, Vanguard reports.
Legit.ng recalled that Senator Hadi Sirika, the minister of state for aviation, recently announced that the AVSEC officials would start carrying arms within the next three months.
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Olowo said: “Consequent to this approval, we strongly advise a review of the airport security architecture to cover elements of the various security agencies which will now form the new organogram.
“This will eliminate inter agency rivalry, foster cooperation, provide common platform to assess measure of effectiveness, process operational effectiveness and after action plans.’’
Olowo called on the federal government to train properly train and test the personnel that would start bearing arms. He said areas the personnel should be trained include arms handling and standard armoury.
He added: “In the 90s, we delegated and rotated the heads of security agencies serving in the airports to supervise and control night operations which is akin to the United States Transportation Security Agency (TSA) model.
"Security threats have evolved and we as a nation are challenged to find the nexus and best fit security architecture, as our security challenges cannot be the same with other nations.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the minister of state for aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, disclosed that the national carrier (Nigeria Air) project was not suspended because of lack of investors.
A statement by James Odaudu, deputy director, media and public affairs, ministry of transportation, on Tuesday, September 25, said the national carrier project had an avalanche of well-grounded and ready investors.
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The investors, according to Sirika, include international finance institutions such as the Afro-Exim Bank, African Development Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, aircraft manufacturers – Airbus and Boeing.
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