FAAN Stops MDA’s Protocol Officers From Airports
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has banned protocol officers of government agencies from facilitating trips by theirand at airports across the country.
The Managing Director of FAAN, Olubunmi Kuku gave the order during an interactive session with the Airline Operators Committee (AOC) and heads of security agencies under the auspices of the Airport Security Committee.
The FAAN MDproliferation of protocol services contravenes Executive Order 001 of 2017 of the Federal undermines the protocol activities of the FAAN Protocol Unit and that of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
According to Kuku, the MFA has the sole responsibility of attending to designated governmenturged agencies to liaise with them when they need to facilitate trips by their Principals/Officials, while the Passenger Support Service (PSS) of FAAN handles corporate organisations as the services paid for.
Also, 11 months after shutting down runway 18R/36L at Lagos Airport, she disclosed that the facility would soon open to airlines for use.
The runway 18R/36L was shut down in March 2023 for 8 weeks ofthe repair has been ongoing for 11 months with no specific fate reopening.
Kuku assured the operators that Runway 18R, Link 3, and E Wing would be reopened in a few weeks.
Also, the FAAN boss called on airlines and security agenciesMuhammed Airport (MMA) Lagos to prioritise passenger facilitation. She asked them to see of their duties, saying passengers must have a travelling experience.
Kuku also addressed the various concerns of the airports, especially the state of infrastructure, which she said may not changein the interim, some stopgap measures are being put in place to create some comfort while the major issues are addressed gradually.
Regarding the security screening process, the MD advised that security agencies should be consolidated to ensureseamless screening process. The fact have to undergo multiple she added, leaves them with a travel experience.