The Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Captain Rabiu Yadudu says, airport managers who deliberately conceal corrupt practices will be sanctioned.
To avoid being sanctioned, he emphasized that, airport managers should be the first to report such incidents but if such ugly situation was heard from the grapevine, management will not hesitate to take action.
Captain Yadudu who stated this at the training session for Ministries, Departments and Agencies operating at the Lagos airports driven by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council, PEBEC and FAAN, also disclosed that 6 officers across the agencies at the airport have been arrested for corruption with videos and picture evidences and investigation was ongoing on the matter.
He said, these actions were being taken to bring to the barest corrupt practices at the airports namely extortions and bribes which had brought the name of the country to disrepute in the international community.
“Right now I have a report written to me and submitted on Friday of 6 people with different agencies with clips of video collecting money put inside passport”.
The FAAN boss said, cover ups of minor violations would graduate to serious violations if not addressed and that this could rub off on all Nigerians and even lead to loss of livelihood of the violators.
According to Captain Yadudu, at the end of every month a list of officers caught for extortion and bribe would be sent to their heads of department, FAAN headquarters and copy the minister of Aviation, National Security Adviser and PEBEC.
He stated that, such officers would be ban for life from the airports, adding that, the time is now for heads of security agencies to instill discipline and transparency in their officers to avoid acts that could embarrass the agency and the country as a whole.
“Set your people right , part of of the responsibility for leadership is mentoring, counselling, don’t leave your relationship with your staff only purely based on official terms”.