It was gathered that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has graduated about 211 Aviation Security Services (AVSEC) officials and fire officers.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, The Managing Director of FAAN, Engr Saleh Dunoma assured that the Authority will continue to train and develop capacity of its members of staff, in line with the provisions of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Speaking further at the passing out parade for Aviation Security and Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Firefighting Services personnel held in Lagos recently, Engr Dunoma advised that the ability to set priorities will determine the quality of their stewardship.
The FAAN boss who was represented at the event by the Authority’s Director of Maintenance and Engineering, Engr Olufemi Ogunode equally admonishing the graduants to put service before everything else.
“In an era of rapid socio-economic changes, earning the respect and trustworthiness of your superiors, would demand exemplary followership qualities. So you have to care for your superiors and be matured in your dealings. Be receptive to their advice and accept constructive criticism”, he said.
The Director of Human Resources, Hajia Salamatu Umar-Eluma in her goodwill message, advised graduants that as security and firemen in the airports, their commitment to honour, respect and devotion to duty must be second to none, as the career is much more than a job, but a calling.
Umar-Eluma said “Today, we add you as a link to our chain as members of staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria. It is a chain that is characterised by professionalism, discipline, sacrifice, team work and inter-agency collaboration”.
The occasion was witnessed by representatives of the Nigerian Customs, FRSC, the Police and other stakeholders.
The event climaxed with the presentation of awards of excellence to those who distinguished themselves in the programme. The awards are in three different categories, for Aviation Security officers, Fire Officers and Parade Commanders.
Other dignitaries who were present include: the Acting Director of Commercial and Business Development, Mr Toyin Okpaise, General Manager, Training and Manpower Development, Mr Nathaniel McAbraham, General Manager, Human Resources, Mr Sanni Jimoh, General Manager, Budget, Mr Abiodun Adegbesan, Regional General Manager, South West, Mr Odugbemi, Controller of Customs, represented by Mr Ariyibi amongst others.