The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, on Wednesday said it conducted 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.
A statement by Henrietta Yakubu, the agency’s spokesperson, said the initiative was put in place to boost safety and security programs around the country’s airports. The statement quoted the managing director of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, as saying that it was his interest is to make sure the airports are safe and secure, and to protect lives and provide machines of immense benefits to airlines and others.
The FAAN boss also explained that the scanner was intended to complement the Executive Order recently issued by the acting president, Yemi Osinbajo.
It will also assist the operations of other agencies at the airport, making them more efficient, the statement said.
“Our intent is to deploy these scanners to our international airports but this depends on the outcome of its performance in Lagos,” Mr. Dunoma added.
According to the supplier of the machine, Akin Mustapha, it is an Astrophysics Baggage Scanner which is manufactured in California, USA and can identify hidden threats in carry-on items and checked-in baggages at airports.
It has high penetration steel and it can detect explosives and narcotics, Mr. Mustapha added.
The statement, therefore, added that FAAN is committed to put all necessary measures in place in line with international aviation standards and recommended best practices to enhance safety and security at the airports.