By Oladapo Okeowo
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Tuesday cancelled the multiple checking of travellers luggage at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
This cancellation covers all airports nationwide and is to ease movement of travellers.
This was disclosed by the FAAN managing director, Saleh Dunoma, during a meeting with all participating agencies in the Lagos airport.
He said the decision is an implementation of the executive order issued by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
“The Executive Order does not give room for pre-checks on luggage. All checks should be done in designated areas. Luggage should not be checked at the departure hall,” he said.
He said what is in place now is a single screening unit at the departure halls of the airports.
“We have to meet the deadline set by the Executive Order. There are strategies in line with the order, but the concerned agencies need to meet regularly to ensure that these strategies are adhered to and improved.
“Concentration is on the Lagos airport because it is the key airport due to its size, complexity and passenger traffic. If we get it right in Lagos, we will get it right in other airports. Once we do that, I believe all the other airports will be easy for us.”
The directive, according to Dunoma, is binding on all participating agencies.
“All participating agencies are ready to key into this big committee set up for the implementation. Everybody is contributing positively. From all indications, all hands are on deck to make sure the Executive Order is implemented successfully. FAAN does not envisage any problem at all, and it is fully committed to give all participating agencies its full support to close any obstacle that may arise,” he said.
In line with the Executive Order, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has directed all aviation safety inspectors to monitor the level of compliance with the Executive Order at the airports, in addition to their statutory oversight responsibilities.
The agency says it has prepared a standard document outlining its core functions and services, appropriate charges, fees, licences, waivers and other tax-related processes to implement the order.