Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Nigeria: More Than 1,000 Fire-Fighters Needed In Nation’s Airports

The President, Nigerian Aviation Fire Safety Association (NAFSA), Mr Lewis Ojeifo, said on Wednesday that 1,000 additional fire-fighters would be needed in all the airports across the country.  

Ojeifo said this while speaking with airport correspondents at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMA), Ikeja, Lagos.

He said that presently, only 800 firemen were manning the airports, saying that this might lead to fatigue.

`` We do not need anything less than 1,000 men to add to what we have now, and that is when we will say that we have enough hands to support those on ground, `` he said. 

He commended Mr George UrIesi, Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), for providing 40 new fire trucks.

``When the rein of affairs in FAAN changed hands to the present boss, the whole thing changed and we have been collaborating and as of today, we have 40 brand new fire trucks in our airports for our operations, `` he said. 

Ojeifo also commended the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, for her transformation agenda and for equipping airports across the country with new fire-trucks and training of fire personnel.

He assured that members of his association were combat ready in the case of any emergency in any of the airports across the country.

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