As a pre-emptive strategy to prevent terror attack in any of the nation’s airports, the United Nations Aviation School Project has commenced training of all Aviation Security (AVSEC) personnel in Nigeria.
The objective is to effectively mitigate any threat posed to civil aviation by terrorist organisations and to provide a key element for a robust national aviation security policy to meet global standards in infrastructure, safety and security. General Manager, Public Relations of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Sam Adurognoye, explained that this initiative would enhance the capacity within the UN system to help interested member states to implement the multiple dimension of countering terrorism.
The 120-day training tagged: ‘Train the Trainer’, commenced on March 6, 2017, simultaneously in Lagos and Abuja.
Adurogboye said the UN-initiated programme comprises 34 Aviation Security personnel from both Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), with four officials from NCAA and 30 from FAAN because the agency provides security surveillance in all the airports in the country.
He said the training is currently being held at both FAAN Training School in Lagos and at the NCAA Training Hall at Abuja. A total number of 25 countries were considered, and Nigeria was chosen for the pilot programme. This is in appreciation of its clear and well-documented roadmap on developing the aviation sector, with particular emphasis on safety and security.
The “Train the Trainer” programme is being anchored by Redline Assured Security Company of United Kingdom on behalf of the UN while the Director General of the NCAA, Captain Muhtar Usman, is coordinating on behalf of the federal government,” Adurogboye explained.
The UN Project Coordinator is Mr. Douglas Melvin, and the four Aviation Security trainers for Lagos are Neil Coull, Clare Broolley, Kelly Porter and Ish Rahman.
In September 8, 2008, the UN General Assembly adopted the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and Aviation School Project which is one of the programmes set for implementation.