FG Intensifies Security at Airports, Deploys Sniffer Dogs

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Warns airlines against passenger exploitation

Dele Ogbodo in Abuja

In a bid to ensure safety and security at the nation’s airports, the federal government through the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), in conjunction with the Nigeria Police, has deployed sniffer dogs at the airports to complement the regular aviation security set-up.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika, assured of the preparedness of all aviation agencies to ensure safety and security of passengers during the Easter period and beyond.

A statement signed by Mr. James Odaudu, on behalf of the minister, which was made available on Thursday to the media in Abuja, warned airlines operating in the country against taking advantage of the heavy traffic during the yultide period to exploit travellers through arbitrary increase in fares.

According to Sirika, the warning has become necessary in view of some of the airlines’ penchant for unwarranted inflation of air fares during festive seasons, thereby causing untold hardship for air travellers.

Rather, than cause problems for the travelling public, the minister, added that airlines should devise better means of improving their services in terms of customer comfort, safe and timely flights, more effective information dissemination and network expansion.

He has also assured Nigerians of the preparedness of all aviation agencies to ensure safety and security of passengers during the period and beyond.