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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

SECURITY - FG BANS VIP ESCORTS, AIDES, OTHERS FROM AIRPORTS


Special Adviser to the President on Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation, Prof. Sylvester Monye

In a bid to ensure security, the Federal Government has introduced measures to forestall unnecessary loitering of unauthorised persons at all the nation’s international airports.

The unauthorised persons, according to the government, include protocol officers, aides and escorts of dignitaries who are usually in the habit of following their principals to restricted parts of the airports.

Also, the Federal Government has announced steps aimed at curtailing the gridlock at the international airports, saying the present situation has become a source of embarrassment to the nation.

Announcing these at a press briefing on Monday, the Special Adviser to the President on Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation, Prof. Sylvester Monye, said President Goodluck Jonathan had in September 2013, set up a committee to achieve this as part of his transformation agenda.

According to him, the committee has representatives from the Nigeria Police, Office of the National Security Adviser, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, Nigeria Customs Service, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Department of State Security Services, Nigerian Immigration Service, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the Federal Road Safety Corps.


He added that the President was worried over the poor security at the five international airports in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Kano.

Monye, who is also the Chairman, Presidential Committee on Airport Security, announced that from May 1, 2014, all visitors to Nigeria, including foreign dignitaries and officials of multilateral institutions, would be required to submit themselves to immigration officers for requisite scrutiny and clearance.

He said, “Over the years, it was the practice of government’s protocol officers, aides of dignitaries, protocol officers of private companies, unauthorised uniformed military and security officials to move unhindered in restricted areas of our airports. This unwholesome milling around in the immigration and customs areas is a threat to national security.

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