Federal government has disclosed plans to set up an inter-ministerial committee on aviation security aimed at providing modalities for the training of aviation security officers for improved security at airports across the country.
The Minister of Interior, Lt-Gen Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, (rtd) made the disclosure when the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, visited him in his office.
In a press statement signed by the Director (Press and Public Relations) of the ministry, Willie Bassey, Gen Dambazau emphasized the need to secure the nation’s airport and its environs, adding that this is part of border security management, which is part of the mandate of his ministry.
He offered the services of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, in building the capacity of airport security personnel, particularly in the aspect of proper use of arms in line with international best practice.
On abuses in the Expatriate Quota policy by particularly the foreign airlines in the engagement of pilots and cabin crew members, where such skills are abundant in the country, Gen Dambazau noted that appropriate measures would be taken to check such abuses, so as to provide employment opportunities for qualified Nigerians.
He recalled the assurance he had given to the Association of Nigerian Pilot which members raised similar complaints when they visited him recently, noting that Nigerian citizens with the requisite competencies would merit consideration in job engagements, in line with the Expatriate Quota policy.
Speaking earlier, the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, sought the cooperation of the Ministry of Interior in maintaining the Expatriate Quota policy on employment, expressing concern that foreign airlines are recruiting foreign pilots and cabin crew members whereas such skills and professionals are abundant in the country.
He also requested the assistance of the Ministry of Interior in the training of security officers to protect the nation’s Aviation facilities as well as users of such facilities.
In another development, while receiving the Sudanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Ali, the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Dambazau, pledged Nigeria’s cooperation with the Republic of Sudan in the aspect of terrorism, economy and other bilateral agreement between the two countries.
The Sudanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Ali, thanked the Federal Government for the cooperation his country is receiving from Nigeria.

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