The Federal Government has reserved N4.6bn in the 2020 budget for the security of critical projects and the certification of airports throughout the country, as demonstrated by the Daily Trust budget analysis.
Daily trust I learned that this is part of a movement to strengthen the 22 airports administered by the Federal Government against the "emerging challenges in aviation security worldwide."
The detail of spending in the fiscal year next year was contained in the 2020 budget proposal recently presented by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Under the safety of critical projects, according to our findings, is the installation of CCTV to cover the aerial sides of several airports to the perimeter fence.
Daily Trust reports that major airports such as Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos; The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, among others, would benefit from this.
It should be remembered that, for example, the MMIA had registered some security breaches that were attributed to the porous nature of the airport fence.
On July 19, an intruder later identified as a Nigerian caused a stir when he boarded an Azman Air plane that was about to take off from the airport.
It was believed that the intruder had gained access to the "restricted area" from the fence.
The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Captain Hamisu Yadudu revealed at that time that the Federal Government would provide perimeter fences at airports, including detection devices and CCTV cameras with infrared capability for night operations.
In the area of airport certification, the Federal Government certified Lagos and Abuja airports after decades of operations, but plans to complete the certificate of Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano and Port Harcourt International Airport, Rivers State, while others Second grade airports would follow.
Also in the budget of the Ministry of Aviation, the government plans to spend N347.5m in consulting for the concession of four airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt and another N100m in the implementation of the approved aviation roadmap.
Similarly, the sum of N1bn was spent on the purchase of fire trucks, while the government proposes to establish a repair and maintenance center for fires and trucks in Katsina with N500m.
Commenting on the proposed budget for security, the aviation security analyst, group captain John Ojikutu, rtd, said there should be provisions for perimeter fences and security for all airports and their improvements to meet standards Global or best practices.
He added that there must be biometric access control for all access to the airport's security control areas; Improved inspection machines for passengers and luggage at all airports.
Ojikutu also requested the hiring of more personnel to compensate for deficiencies in all airports and recurrent training, including intelligence training for aviation security personnel (AVSEC).
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