International aviation body wants airports in Nigeria fenced
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to fence airports in Nigeria to ensure safety and check
influx of unauthorised persons into the airports. But the country will require about US$125.78m to fence its 22 airports that are partially fenced or without fences.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has assured all the airport users of absolute security and safety of humans, equipment and cargo at all times. Yakubu Dati, FAAN’s spokesman, added that each of the 22 airports is about 50 km in length therefore they will require massive investments for them to be properly fenced.
The 22 airports across the country occupy over 500 km of land and ICAO security guidelines has prescribe double perimeter fences to the 22 airports. FAAN has also considered other safety measures in line with the international best practice to boost security and safety within the nation’s airports.
The agency has introduced perimeter towers and the perimeter patrol which enables the Aviation Security, (AVSEC) personnel and other security agencies to have a full overview of the airport environment and install the latest technologies in strategic locations that will increase surveillance.
Besides creating over 300,000 jobs, airport sector contributes to the country’s economy a total amount of about US$1bn annually, however, the government is urged to ensure constant growth in the sector.