By Fidelis Ugbomeh
As part of efforts to boost safety and security around the County’s Airports, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has carried out a test-run on an upgraded baggage scanner machine that can detect explosives, narcotics and other prohibited items at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of FAAN, Engr. Saleh Dunoma who made this known said his interest is to make sure the airports are safe and secure, protect lives and provide machines of immense benefits to airlines and all our stakeholders.
According to him the scanner is intended to complement the Executive Order recently issued, by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. And also assist the operations of other agencies at the airport, making them more efficient.
“Our intent is to deploy these scanners to our international airports but this depends on the outcome of its performance in Lagos,” he declared.
In a press statement signed by the Acting General Manager Corporate Affairs of the Authority, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu the supplier of the machine, Engr. Akin Mustapha said the equipment is an Astrophysics Baggage Scanner which is manufactured in California, USA adding that It can identify hidden threats carried-on items and checked-in baggages at airports.
According to him, it boasts of high penetration steel and it can detect explosives and narcotics just as it has six colour generation that enables it to do a proper analysis of objects that go into it, better than others.
Mustapha averred that “It is highly reliable and very sensitive. In other airports around the world, they are taking away other machines and replacing them with this machine (Astrophysics) for upgrade and efficiency”.
“With Superior image quality and innovative features including Six Color Imaging for increased object identification and Screener Assist for automatic programmable detection, Astrophysics provides operators with the advanced tools required for quick and reliable airport screening,” he said