Chinedu Eze

A four-man team from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the United State is currently in Nigeria to carry out the security audit of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, in line with the body’s security procedures. The team led by Transportation Security Specialist (TSS) has visited the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority headquarters to brief the Director General, Captain Muhtar Usman on the exercise.

This was disclosed by the spokesman of the Authority, Sam Adurogboye who said the team would in the course of the exercise observe the implementation of aviation security measures in place at the MMIA and exchange technical expertise in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisaton (ICAO) Annex 17 and the international aviation security standard and best practices.

They are also expected to conduct inspections on the implementation of TSA security procedures of Arik Air, being the only Nigeria carrier that operates direct flight to United States and that of Delta Air Lines and United Airline, that both currently operate flight in and out of Nigeria.

The outlined agenda for the five-day exercise would include the examination of airport operations and standards, quality control, access control point at the airport, measures relating to aircraft maintenance, passenger and baggage screening, cargo, mailing, catering services and others.

Other essential issues to be examined are Screening Equipment, Airport Contingency Plan (ACP) and Airport Security Programme (ASP). The Director General, Captain Usman, in his response, thanked the TSA team for their visit and expressed the Authority’s willingness to partner, cooperate and assist the team for the success of the exercise. According to him, ‘‘Security is a serious issue and as a regulatory body, we give it much attention. Thus, security issues are resolved in a timely manner.’’