FG deploys profiling robots as FAAN holds dry run airport simulation exercise

The Federal Government of Nigeria, has reportedly deployed profiling robots at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, as part of plans for the airport reopening post Covid-19.

In that line, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) at the weekend held dry run simulation exercises at domestic terminals of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos respectively.

The exercise, which was aimed at assessing the readiness of the airports for reopening post Covid-19 was witnessed by the Honourable Ministers of: Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, State for Health, Dr. Olorunnibe Mamora, State for Education, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the National Coordinator, Presidential Task Force, Dr. Aliyu Sanni, the Director General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, Chairman, Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema, amongst several other stakeholders.

Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika, leading the at MMIA, Lagos

Thе simulation exercise bеgаn in Abuja аѕ раѕѕеngеrѕ were taken through thе Pоѕt Covid-19 departure рrоtосоlѕ еnrоutе Lаgоѕ on a Bоеing 737 Aеrосоntrасtоrѕ flight. Thе tеаm frоm Abuja аrrivеd аt thе Gеnеrаl Aviаtiоn Terminal, Lаgоѕ at аbоut 1200hоurѕ.

Passengers on board the flight were facilitated in line with the normal procedural order of arrival facilitation.

In his remarks, the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika expressed his delight at the level of facilities on ground.

He added that going by the measures that have been put in place, the airports are about 90% ready to reopen.

Airport official checking passenger’s temperature

According to Senator Sirika, domestic passengers will now have to get to the airports like three hours before departure, while international passengers would be expected to get to the airports about five hours before their flight.

This is to ensure that all protocols, including safety markings, social distancing, hand sanitizing, baggage decontamination, scanning of personal items, etc. are complied with forthwith.

Other Ministers on ground and the National Coordinator of PTF also took their turn to comment on their impression of the preparedness of the airports for reopening. They also expressed satisfaction at the measures on ground and optimism that the airports are ready for reopening.

The team from Abuja also went through the departure protocols, signalling the end of the exercise.

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