From Suleiman Idris, Lagos
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said plans are underway to train a set of 1, 500 personnel drawn from the Aviation Security (AVSEC) and Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (ARFFS) to man the various airports and meet the Airside Operation Safety Compliance Basic Training requirement in Nigeria.
The agency disclosed that 1,046 persons have already been trained for the purpose as they also covered the mandatory local training for AVSEC and ARFFS department.
FAAN Director of Human and Resources and Administration, Mr. Honorius Anozie said in an interview that the agency in collaboration with the French Embassy also trained another set of 150 AVSEC personnel while a total of 3, 450 staff benefited from the implant programme in 14 airports across the country and 270 others sent overseas for different trainings.
Speaking on the progress made so far by his directorate in the last 2 years he assumed office, Mr. Anozie explained that the human resources and administration has streamline its processes and expand the use of ICT for efficient service delivery.
He stated that part of FAAN plan to boost staff morale and increase productivity is to carry out promotion exercise in good time with a “projection that all plans and implementation should be concluded with the first quarter of every year.”
Also, the agency aim to increase the patronage of it newly rehabilitated medical facility by ensuring adequate availability of drug and improve staff healthcare in order to reduce requests for medical refunds.
He added that “we also intend to offer dental and optical services down the line. We have been able to increase and upgrade our medical and laboratory equipment and before the end of the second quarter, our revenue base would grow significantly from the additional patronage.”
Furthermore, he said operational vehicle purchased have been distributed to 10 airports while obsolete equipment and furniture have been replace across offices.
Mr. Anozie stated that “the vision is to improve on what we are currently doing in the different departments with the expectations that by the end of the year, our entire process would have been digitized for maximum efficiency.”