The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has stated that the Federal Government of Nigeria would continue to improve on safety and security at the nation’s airports through training and capacity development of staff, in line with the provisions of the International Civil Aviation Organisation(ICAO)
He made this disclosure at the passing out parade for 727 Aviation Security(AVSEC) and Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Services(ARFFS) personnel held at the Service Development Centre, Afaka, Kaduna State on Saturday, September 7, 2019.
Sirika, while admonishing the graduates to put service before everything else, advised that the ability to set priorities would determine the quality of their stewardship. According to him, “In accepting to be trained as AVSEC and ARFFS cadets, you must realize that it is a privilege for you to serve your country at this level as the aviation industry is one place where adherence and commitment to rules and standards are applied strictly to the latter”.
Also speaking, the Managing Director of FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu in his goodwill message, advised graduands that as security and firemen in the airports, their commitment to honour, respect and devotion to duty must be second to none, as the career is much more than a job, but a calling.
In his words, “There is no doubt that the period you have spent during your training has considerably prepared you both in learning and character to become ambassadors of not only your service and Authority, but also that of the country, in the eye of all airport users, both local and foreign”.
Present at the event was the Acting Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Aviation, Engr. Musa Hassan, Managing Director, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency(NAMA),Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Muhtar Usman, Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau(AIB), Engr. Akin Olateru, Rector of the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology(NCAT),Director of Training DSS, Directors from FAAN and other top government dignitaries.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of awards of excellence to those who distinguished themselves in the programme.
The awards are in three different categories; for Aviation Security officers, Fire Officers and Parade Commanders.
In his closing remarks, the FAAN,MD, assured that FAAN would continue to invest in human resources, charged the graduates to be committed.
He urged graduands to approach duties assigned to them with high sense of responsibility.