FAAN, NAMA begin implementation of Executive Order at Lagos Airport

Key aviation parastatals, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the National Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) have begun full implementation of the Executive Order on the Ease of Doing Business as issued by the Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo early June
Multiple check tables belonging to Government Agencies like Nigeria Customs Service and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) which hindered passenger and cargo movement at the Airport have disappeared in line with the stipulations of the Executive Order. FAAN’S Managing Director Engr Saleh Dunoma, why inspecting the terminal to ascertain the level of compliance expressed satisfaction with the success recorded.
“The desks that have been there for manual search are no longer there. The checks are being done at appropriate locations and this has created a tidy hall. This has improved the ambience of the departure hall. Of course, we have some issues that have to do with the first day normally in any operations. We are trying to resolve that”, said FAAN MD
“We have asked the management of the airport to come up with a complete and comprehensive report with the issues emanating from this operation, so we can further proffer solutions. The whole terminal is very neat and tidy now.”
Engr. Dunoma also implored passengers to arrive the terminal early enough because of the new arrangement.
“My advice to passengers is that they should come in good time, so they can accomplish the process as scheduled. There are some new locations and process of screening, so the earlier they come the easier for stakeholders especially the airlines and the security agencies to finish their procedures,” he declared
As a first step towards the implementation of the Executive Order, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has updated its website showing the requirements, conditions and procedures for doing business or obtaining services in NAMA including all fees and timelines necessary for the processing of applications for the services. Managing Director of the Agency Capt. Fola Akinkuotu in a press release disclosed that the agency shall be organizing workshop sessions to adequately enlighten and sensitize both staff and industry stakeholders on the essence and imperative of the executive orders adding that the agency shall also be collaborating with other aviation agencies with a view to harmonizing processes in order to achieve the single user interface at the airports as directed by the federal government.
Capt. Akinkuotu also hinted that in compliance with the Order, the agency was working out modalities to increase local content in its procurement process as this would boost locally manufactured goods in the country. While charging staff to ensure strict compliance with all stated directives within the stipulated guidelines in the order, he enjoined them to ensure that the element of transparency permeates the entire systems and processes within the agency’s scope of operations. It would be recalled that the Ag. President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo had on May 18 2017 signed three far-reaching executive orders expected to ease business, fast-track budget submission and promote made in Nigeria products.

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