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By toyboy07 • 9 days ago • 66 views • 13 comments

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has set up a

committee to map out plans to boost non-aeronautical revenue, to

upgrade airports' infrastructure nationwide.

This is as the agency said that it was going through some processes

that would lead to the approval of its Aviation Security (AVSEC) to bear

arms in 2019.

The Managing Director of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, told reporters that it

was high time airport authorities on the continent diversified their

revenue generations, away from aeronautic to non-aeronautic, like

major airports around the world.

Dunoma said the new committee, which he chairs, consists of relevant

directorates and departments responsible for revenue generation for

FAAN, and would come up with a roadmap to enhance revenues for

the agency.

He said FAAN, as an agency, would not be left behind in development

of its airport infrastructure, stressing that the only way to tap into the

myriad of opportunities in the system.

He explained that apart from Nigeria, other airport authorities across

the continent were also deliberating on how to increase their non-

aeronautical revenue services, which formed the theme of this year's

Airports Council International (ACI) meeting recently held in Egypt.

He said: "In Africa, we have not tapped into non-aeronautical sources

and we are encouraging African airports to look at non-aeronautical

revenue sources. Because, aeronautical sources of revenues have

limitations; they are highly dependent on flight operations.

"The non-aeronautical revenues are being developed so much that they

can go along with the aeronautical sources of revenues. This is what

we want African airports to develop. Some papers were presented to

guide African airports to develop that area."

He explained further that before the end of the year, AVSEC personnel

would have been approved to bear arms in order to increase their

surveillance of the sector.

However, the department requires some trainings and approvals,

especially from the National Security Adviser (NSA), stressing that

background checks would also be carried out on some of the

personnel before the approval.

"It is not everybody that will bear arms; this, we must apply. We cannot

train ourselves. We have to be trained by those that have been long in

the system; the State Security Service and the Nigeria police. Also, we

want to make sure that we get certification from the office of the

National Security Adviser.

"We have to go through these processes. As soon as we are through

with all these, they can then be allowed to carry arms. We intend to do

this before the end of the year."

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