Reps urges FG to fence all airports

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has called on the Ministry of Transportation to build a fence around the Benin Airport and other unfenced airports.

This call followed a motion moved by Johnson Oghuma entitled: Need to Erect Perimeter Fence Around the Benin Airport and Other Airports in Nigeria.

Oghuma, in his motion, noted that safety is the most essential component of aviation. He also added that beyond flight safety, the area surrounding the runway and airport are other important facets in the overall safety of the sector.

He reminded the House of an event that occurred in August 2013, when a teenage boy snuck into the tyre compartment of an Arik plane, after wandering into the Airport unchecked. He was able to accomplish this due to the lack of perimeter fence.

Oghuma also disclosed that recently, herds of cattle were found grazing indiscriminately in the Benin Airport, which has no barricade separating the rest of the airport from the runway.

“Cognizant that these incessant breaches of safety could lead to serious accidents with colossal consequences especially with the increasing number of over one thousand and five hundred passengers per day using the departures and arrivals lounge of the Benin Airport.”

The House then mandated its Committees on Aviation and Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance and report back within Eight weeks for further legislative action.

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