MMA Airport ready for emergencies—Manager
MMA Terminal Building
The manager, Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos, Nehemiah Auta says personnel at the airport have been adequately trained and ready to handle emergency cases at all times.
Speaking at the mock emergency airport exercise held at the MMIA, Auta said the essence of the exercise was to test the capability of the personnel and the equipment on ground to ensure that they conform to emergency requirements.
The Airport Manager explained that with the required personnel on ground, there was no reason why the response time would not be met in the event of emergency at the airport.
According to Auta, with proper coordination, improved level of alertness and cooperation from various sister organizations in the system, emergency remained a great task.
He stressed the need to improve on the level of alertness and communication among the agencies. “We have a structure on ground and all we need to do is to test the structure, to know how they will respond and if they are being reached”
“We are trying to improve on the level of our alertness towards emergency because emergency can be in the day, at night or at anytime. The timely response is what matters. You can imagine an aircraft engulfed in flames, the time response of the medical support matters. That’s the essence”
Auta said with the category 9 status of MMIA, that the airport has adequate fire tender and was ready to handle emergency situations.
He also explained that the mock exercise was to enable them display their might towards the certification of the MMIA airport adding in the next few months the MMIA will be certified.
The Director of Airport Operations, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Capt Rabiu Yadudu, also explained that the agency was working in line with the aerodrome emergency plan at the airport in readiness towards the certification.
Capt Yadudu explained that the exercise will lead to certification of the airport as both personnel and equipment were being tested.
He said FAAN personnel were always ready for the response time as stipulated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, (ICAO) while their training would be taken seriously.
The exercise which is conducted once every year, was witnessed by both stakeholders and Lagos State governments response agencies.