To increase the chances of human survival in the event of an incident or Accident at airports, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has commenced the review of its Airport Emergency Plan, AEP for the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos.
The review is to further educate and reawaken the AEP stakeholders to their responsibilities and the need to be proactive in saving lives and to minimise destruction to properties.
During a stakeholders meeting in Lagos, the South West Regional Manager, Mrs. Victoria Shinaba noted that the AEP review was a requirement of the International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO geared towards enhancing safety and search and rescue.
According to her, the review would also help to clarify roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders and establish a mechanism for feedback and recommendations for programme improvement.
Mrs. Shinaba noted that previous air incidents in the country had necessitated the need for all stakeholders to work together towards achieving the common goal of minimising the impact on lives and property.
The South West Airport Manager, urged stakeholders to be alive to their responsibilities as detailed in chapter four of the AEP, stressing that this would help to reduce fatalities during air accidents.
The Principal Airport Fire Officer in charge of MMIA, Mr. Uche Igumba, said the review would allow the stakeholders to make fresh inputs that would ensure better implementation, adding that since the AEP was set up in 2017 nothing been added despite recent happenings in the Industry.
While commending the stakeholders for their support over the years, he appealed for their full participation to achieve an implementable plan to save lives in an emergency.