The Nigerian government has rolled out new measures to secure travellers and its airports following threats from terrorists.
The new measures are expected to restrict movements of people as well as VIPs in sensitive areas of the nations five international airports.
Addressing journalists in Lagos on the new development which is expected to be in effect from May 1 2014,the Chairman, Presidential Committee on Security, Prof Sylvester Monye disclosed that all visitors to Nigeria and foreign dignitaries and officials of multi lateral institutions must from that date submit themselves to immigration officers for requisite scrutiny at clearance at Abuja, Enugu, Lagos, Kano and Port Harcourt airports.
Prof Monye, who is the President’s Special Adviser, Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation announced that the new measures were necessitated by prevailing security situation in the country.
Monye said that the old practice where government protocol officials, aides of dignitaries, protocol officers of private companies, unauthorized uniformed and un-uniformed military and security officials moved unhindered in restricted areas around the airport terminal would no longer be tolerated.
He stressed that government will also no longer tolerate actions and directives by government and military officials that encourage loitering by their aides and other subordinates at the airports.