FG bars gov’s aides, oth­ers from air­port’s re­stricted ar­eas

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris Agabi, La­gos

From May 1, 2014, all mil­i­tary and civil­ian pro­to­col are to stay away from all re­stricted ar­eas at in­ter­na­tional air­ports, in­clud­ing the ar­rival and bag­gage halls.

The di­rec­tive is di­rected at aides to gov­er­nors and other dig­ni­taries as well as mil­i­tary and para-mil­i­tary per­son­nel.

Chair­man, Pres­i­den­tial Com­mit­tee on Air­port Se­cu­rity, Pro­fes­sor Sylvester Monye, an­nounced the ban yes­ter­day in La­gos at a press brief­ing af­ter in­spect­ing fa­cil­i­ties at the Mur­tala Muhammed In­ter­na­tional Air­port. He said as from May 1, 2014, any civil­ian or mil­i­tary pro­to­col of­fi­cial who flouts the di­rec­tive would be ar­rested.

Ac­cord­ing to him, a task force drawn from the mil­i­tary and the po­lice would be set up and em­pow­ered to en­force the or­der.

“The federal govern­ment is con­cerned about the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion at the five in­ter­na­tional air­ports and the di­rec­tive is aimed at en­sur­ing san­ity, se­cu­rity and global best prac­tices at all air­ports in Nigeria. Over the years, it was the prac­tice of govern­ment pro­to­col of­fi­cials, aides of dig­ni­taries, pro­to­col of­fi­cers of pri­vate com­pa­nies, unau­tho­rized and un-uni­formed mil­i­tary and se­cu­rity of­fi­cials to move un­hin­dered in re­stricted ar­eas of our air­ports. This un­whole­some milling around in the Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms ar­eas is a threat to na­tional se­cu­rity. A stop will be put to the prac­tice forth­with,” he said.

He added: “The idea is to stop all those not sup­posed to be within the precincts of our air­port from us­ing such fa­cil­i­ties for loi­ter­ing. It is also to stop the im­punity of govern­ment of­fi­cials and mil­i­tary of­fi­cers and per­son­nel not sup­posed to be at the air­ports from us­ing their po­si­tions to op­er­ate in such fa­cil­i­ties. Hence­forth, no pro­to­col of­fi­cer or aide will be al­lowed into the ar­rival/bag­gage halls of our in­ter­na­tional air­ports. No pro­to­col of­fi­cer or aide to in­bound pas­sen­gers, in­clud­ing trol­ley han­dlers, will be al­lowed into the bag­gage halls,” he said.

Monye how­ever added that ac­cred­ited min­istry of for­eign af­fairs pro­to­col of­fi­cers may be al­lowed in the re­stricted ar­eas.

PHOTO Macjohn Akande

From right: Chair­man, House Com­mit­tee on Pub­lic Ac­counts, Ade­ola Solomon Olamilekan; chair­man, House Com­mit­tee on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Zakari Mo­hammed; and mem­ber, House Com­mit­tee on Pub­lic Ac­counts, Ba­batunde Ade­jare, dur­ing a brief­ing on a court or­der re­strain­ing the House from in­ves­ti­gat­ing the jet scan­dal in­volv­ing Petroleum Min­is­ter Diezani Ali­son-Madueke, in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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