The Director of Security Services, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Group Capt. Usman Abubakar (retd.) Has ordered that plain clothe security operatives, will be prevented from entering secure areas to check illegal activities. He gave this indication at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport in Calabar, Cross River State during a meeting with critical stakeholders in the aviation sector, stating that this is in a bid to restore sanity in the system.
“There are categories of areas where they would be. As part of discussions with stakeholders, we said airport managers should look at their peculiarities and find a way around it. If the airport security feels there are areas that they want them to operate, they can go ahead.
“We discovered that some of them come back when they have closed from work and find their way to areas where they ought not to be. They are the ones we are targeting and not a total ban across the airport.”
Meanwhile, manager in charge of the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Mr. Sunday Ayodele, had during the deliberations warned that heads of various agencies would henceforth be penalised if their workers failed to return On-Duty-Card after the close of work for the day.
“The ODCs are not supposed to be taken out of the airport. As from today when they are taken outside, the heads of agencies will be penalised. We are going to begin proper implementation of this because the ODC is different from your organisation’s identity card,” he said.
The General Manager, Customer Services, FAAN, Mrs. Ebele Okoye, said efforts would be made to ensure that only quality services were rendered in alline the airport in the country, she however warned airport operators to desist from begging money from the passengers