The Aviation Round Table Safety Initiative (ASRTI), has decried the current nebulous security architecture at the nation’s gateways stating that while the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs) delegates FAAN to coordinate all security agencies in and around the airport it did not give them authority over other security organisations working at the airports.
Against this and many other backdrops, the group has announced its endorsement of the proposed Bill of the speaker of the House of Representatives to reform the security outlay at the nation’s international airports in support of the Federal Government’s Ease of Doing Business (EODB) programme.
ASRTI stressed that the proposal could not have come at a more auspicious time as it sought the discontinuance of the present security system coordinated by FAAN while asking for the government to establish an autonomous and encompassing transport security agency like the Transport Security Administration (TSA).
The think-tank group in a statement made available by Assistant Secretary- General, Olumide Ohunayo, stated that the NCAA Act, which empowers the agency to foster the development and safety of the industry has limited its role to core operators in the industry such as airport and airspace management agencies, airlines, ground handlers, and other service providers while other security outfits are excluded.
“This has made crisis management in the airport security apparatus cumbersome and implementation of amendments to Annex 17 almost unworkable.