The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced that new security equipment is to be installed in 22 Nigerian airports, in a bid to improve safety.
The announcement was made by FAAN managing director Sale Dunoma at the Airports Council International (ACI) Africa Regional Assembly, which was hosted by Airport Company South Africa (ACSA) in Durban.
He further stated that FAAN provided appropriate security measures that led to the successful fight against Ebola in Nigeria by coordinating screening processes.
Led by airport operations director Henry Omeogu, the FAAN team showcased transformation plans in airport operations and the subsequent remodelling of 22 airports across Nigeria.
ACI director-general Angela Gittens said that there was a need for airports to build brand loyalty and provide a service that gives them an edge over others to attract more travellers. She further added that passengers overlook other issues and attach more importance to safety and cleanliness.
ACI Africa secretary general Ali Tounsi said that there were huge discrepancies across the continent where airports showed very high and low levels of services and standards which was due to different cultures, languages and geographical dimensions.
"A big challenge is also the issue of safety with the African continent having the worst safety ranking in the world," said Tounsi.
"With so much happening economically in Africa, in the next few years, airports would play a hugely important role and had to have priority attention."