The Federal Government has announced that it had placed enforcement teams within and outside airport terminals to enforce all safety protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19 at airports.

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It stated that the protocols had been approved by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and were in accordance with the guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

The Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Rabiu Yadudu, disclosed this at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International, Abuja.

Yadudu spoke when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation visited the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja to review the guidelines ahead of commercial flight resumption on Wednesday.

He said, “We have done a lot in the past few weeks. The protocols have already been established and approved by the NCAA and are in accordance with the guidelines of the NCDC as set out at the national level.

“So we are ready and we will enforce our protocols. We now have monitoring and enforcement teams working outside and inside the terminals to ensure that people adhere and strictly respect the protocols to the letter.”

FAAN had earlier released some specific guidelines that passengers and airport users must adhere to at the airports.

It noted that the new Standard Operating Procedure was aimed at protecting all stakeholders and preventing further spread of the COVID-19.

The authority stated that all departing passengers must arrive at the airport properly kitted with their face masks on and must ensure a minimum of 1.5m physical distancing.

“Aviation medical/port health personnel would screen each passenger and ensure the use of face masks. Those travelling with pets must get necessary clearance from Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services,” the authority stated.

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It said all passengers’ luggage would be disinfected before entry into departure halls, as passengers were required to wash their hands, among other mandatory guidelines for travellers.

Yadudu reassured passengers on Monday that the authority had put in place everything necessary for the reopening of airports, particularly the Abuja and Lagos airports that would commence full domestic operations from Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency has obtained aeronautical search and rescue equipment to boost its capability ahead of the reopening of the airspace.

NAMA disclosed this in its weekly news bulletin, where it stated that the equipment was distributed among Nigeria’s Rescue Coordination Centres in Lagos and Kano, and at its sub-centres in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Maiduguri, Enugu, Ilorin and Sokoto.