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The Federal Government Approves N3 Billion for Airport Detection Machines


The Federal Government Approves N3 Billion for Airport Detection Machines

The federal government has greenlit a N3 billion budget for advanced airport scanners in a move to streamline security procedures and reduce the reliance on multiple agencies conducting manual bag checks. Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamo, made the announcement after the federal executive council (FEC) meeting, presided over by President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The approved funds will be directed towards the supply and installation of cutting-edge, customized explosive and narcotic detection screening systems at major international airports in Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt, and Enugu. These state-of-the-art machines, equipped with remote and dual-view capabilities, aim to revolutionize security processes by swiftly identifying explosives or illicit substances as bags pass through, eliminating the need for extensive manual searches. Keyamo emphasized the goal to emulate systems like the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the United States, providing a more efficient and less intrusive experience for passengers. The move comes in response to numerous complaints about the challenging and time-consuming manual bag checks experienced by travelers at Nigerian airports. Additionally, the council approved the signing of a bilateral air service agreement (BASA) with the Republic of Guyana, facilitating direct flights between the two countries.


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