ICAO Security Audit: Airport Police Command Holds Seminar On Competence
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Airport Command, has organised a seminar on competence to sensitise its personnel on optimal policing of the aviation sector.
The command said the two-day seminar is in preparation for the forthcoming security audit of Nigerian airports by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in June, this year, and was meant to improve the competence of policemen attached to the aviation sector.
Speaking at the event, the Commissioner of Police, Airport Command, Mrs. Dorothy Gimba described the seminar as encompassing because it touched on topics like crime prevention, procedure and team building, as tools to accomplish organizational goals.
Mrs. Gimba told participants that the seminar was meant to scale up their competence in carrying out their duties within the aviation sector whilst bearing in mind too, the need to prepare for retirement days.
“The primary aim of this seminar is to scale up the participants competences in carrying out their duties within the aviation sector. To further embellish this workshop, the issue of pre-retirement preparations is also of critical importance because of its prospects in enhancing performance,” she noted.
While describing the aviation sector “not only a highly specialised sector, but one that is multifaceted,” the Commissioner of Police said, “the sector is a multi-agency environment which demands for collaboration and cooperation in order to form a synergy that would ensure seamless operational environment for optimum performance.”
Mrs. Gimba said it was on the basis of this that Nigeria Police Force thought it as important to sensitise, brush up and update the skills of security personnel in the airport environment, through the workshop, to be able to meet up with their mandate especially as the nation prepares to face the ICAO audits.
The Chief Security Officer (CSO), Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, Col. Carl Onalo (rtd), who also spoke at the seminar, commended the Commissioner of Police for organising the event for the security personnel as major stakeholders in the aviation industry.
Onalo promised to assist the command in the provision of accommodation which has been a major challenge to police officers in the Airport Command.
“The need to provide housing and accommodation for the police in the airport had been brought to the knowledge of FAAN management by the command. I can assure you that the authority is doing something about it,” the CSO said.
He added that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) would soon commence housing scheme for the police officers.
Participants at the seminar included representatives from Nigeria Immigration Services(NIS), Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Aviation Security (AVSEC) Directorate of Federal airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Airport Fire and Rescue Services (AFRS) as well as SAHCOL and NAHCOaviance Plc.
Author: By Olumide Aduloju