The Federal Government has pledged to enhance safety and security at the country’s airports through staff training and capacity building.

Sen Hadi Sirika, the Aviation Minister, made this commitment at the graduation ceremony of 727 Aviation Security and Fire Service officers in Kaduna on Monday.

According to a statement by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, on Monday in Lagos, the minister made the pledge in conformity to the provisions of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

In a message to graduands, Sirika advised them to place a premium on service.

“In accepting to be trained as Aviation Security (AVEC) and Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) cadets, you must realise that it is a privilege for you to serve your country at this level, as the aviation industry is one place where adherence and commitment to rules and standards are applied strictly to the letter,” Sirika said.

Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, the Managing Director, FAAN, called on the graduands to uphold respect, honour and devotion to duty while describing the job as a “calling”.

“There is no doubt that the period you have spent during your training has considerably prepared you both in learning and character to become ambassadors of not only your service and FAAN.

“It has also prepared you to be that that of the country, in the eye of all airport users, both local and foreign,” Yadudu stated.

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