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Reps query FAAN over porous security at airports

The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, indicated that the numerous air crashes in the country could be linked to terrorists’ attacks.

Consequently, the lawmakers asked questions on the security negligence at airports across the country by the Federal Airports Authourity of Nigeria, FAAN.

The House, presided over by Deputy Speaker, Sulaimon Lasun, therefore, directed its committees on Aviation, Internal Security and the Air Force, to liaise with FAAN and other regulatory authorities to organize a stakeholders meeting so as to come up with efficient and modern techniques of detecting criminally minded persons within the precincts of the nation’s airports.

The committee has six weeks within which it is to report back to the House for further legislative action.

This move followed a motion brought by Sergius Ose Ogun, on the urgent need for FAAN to strengthen security and checks at the nation’s airports:

The lawmaker had reminded the House that the world has witnessed occasional plane crashes, which claimed hundreds of lives.

He said though those crashes had been attributed to human and mechanical errors; there was generally a sinking feeling that they may not be unconnected with terrorist acts perpetrated at the airports.

He further said since the disappearance of a Malaysian plane, the crash of an Egypt Air plane and others, the various authorities charged with security at airports worldwide have strengthened their security apparatus and checks to avoid reccurrence of such acts.

The legislator also said he was aware that terrorist groups like ISIS, ISL, Al-Shaabab, Boko Haram and others, which usually operate through airports, are fast spreading their dragnets to various countries of the world.

He was concerned about a recent report that someone travelling through one of the nation’s  airports concealed three pistols strapped in a bandaged hand and was successfully wheeled to the point of boarding, before he was discovered.

Also, he expressed concern that the lives of travelers could be jeopardized if there are security lapses.

Ogun told the House that though the regulatory authorities responsible for the safety of the airports have been doing their best, there was a need for them to employ more modern techniques of detecting criminally minded intending travelers to avoid any untoward incident.

The motion which was thoroughly debated enjoyed overwhelming support by the House.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.